Julia, and the Illuminated Baron, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 1800
Julia and the Illuminated Baron is in its original binding and is the first edition of the first novel written by Maine's first novelist, Sally Sayward Barrell Keating Wood in 1800 in York (then a part of Massachusetts). Set in the last days of France's "ancien regime," the novel traces the fractured family history of Julia Vallaice. Raised as a peasant but given an elite education, Julia must uncover the mystery of her origins, disentangle her complicated relationships with the aristocratic Alvada and de Launa families, and resist seduction by a murderous aristocrat. This edition is found in only 13 libraries world-wide.