THE RUBY RING; or, The Transformations. Second Edition.
London: N. Hailes, 1820. 64 pages. Illustrated with 8 finely hand-coloured engraved plates. Original quarter green roan, gilt. 13.2x10.8cm. Small piece missing from head of spine; some bumping of corners and rubbing of boards; inscription on endpaper; else an excellent copy, very attractively illustrated. Osborne 649 (first edition of 1815); Oppenheimer 1547 which notes that Gumuchian records a second edition of 1816. The author’s second endeavour ‘ to convey instruction and amusement, by putting a popular story into poetical dress’. The Ring of Amurath, an Oriental tale, is the source.