Shabby Sunday is a meme created by Mischenko at ReadRantRock&Roll with the aim of sharing some vintage or older books in our collections. Please check out this wonderful blog when you have a chance!
Today I’m sharing probably the oldest book I have in my collection, The Modern Griselda by Maria Edgeworth. She was during her time quite a popular author and this book, originally published in 1804, was in its 4th edition by 1819, the edition that I have. This is (shocker, I know) not a speculative fiction book!
The Modern Griselda is a story about a marriage and how fast it fell apart. I admit I have only read bits of this story, even though it is quite short, because the pages of my book are so delicate (I suppose I could get a newer edition or find it online to read at this point though, haha). So, I’m sure there are themes and subtext I’m leaving out. But essentially by the end they get into a huge argument about straws (of all things) and the wife decides to leave the husband and is shocked when his response is basically ‘whatever, do what you want’.
Marie Edgeworth herself was a fascinating character and it’s worth checking out her history. Like most people, she was multi-faceted and had very strong opinions, and perhaps some of them a bit contradictory. She may be best known to modern readers as the author of Belinda, a novel which Jane Austen references in Northanger Abbey.
I admit I picked up this book mostly because of its age! I love old things and I love books so why not old books? Best of both worlds! I think it’s in remarkably good condition for its age and was obviously in someone’s collection for some time, virtually undisturbed. And now it sits on one of my shelves looking quite pretty if I do say so myself. 😉