O’HANLON, Alice.
O’HANLON, Alice. Dorogoe nasledstvo. Roman Elisy O’Genlon [A Costly Heritage. A novel by Alice O’Hanlon].
Izdanie E. N. Akhmatovoi. S.-Peterburg, Tipografiia A. A. Kraevskago … 1883 [cover: Tipografiia I. N. Skorokhodova …  1884].
8vo (205 × 153 mm), pp. 312, 68; upper corner of the half-title excised and sometime repaired, corner of pp. 277/8 torn away (no loss); original printed boards, (original?) red sheep spine and corners, a little worn, sides discoloured.
First edition in Russian of A Costly Heritage (New York, 1881; London, 1882), with a translation of Ouida’s Frescoes: dramatic sketches (1883) at the end. Of O’Hanlon little is known. According to the Loebers, she ‘probably lived in Lancashire. Only one of her works [Chance? or Fate?, 1889] is known to have Irish content, but given her name it is likely she had Irish connections’ (A Guide to Irish Fiction O102). The British Library catalogues lists five other novels, 1878–86.

A Costly Heritage appeared in Britain as a Tinsley Brothers three-decker, sometimes deemed the end of the line for a novel. There were no further editions. This copy suggests that the Russian version suffered a similar fate, as the cover here shows the sheets were reissued the following year by another publisher.

No translations of O’Hanlon’s novels, in any language, are listed in either COPAC or WorldCat.
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