Later Decorative Editions of Jane Porter's Thaddeus of Warsaw (1803)
At least 84 editions of Thaddeus of Warsaw (1803) were published across the nineteenth century. The novel had a revival in the 1830s, as Poland endured further conflicts with Russia. It was continually re-branded for present-day tastes, including to the feminist "New Woman," followers of trendy Japonisme designs, and American boys who favored frontier Westerns. By 1900, the novel's status had become uncertain, included in a series called "Half-Forgotten Books." Have an interesting antique edition of a Porter novel? Drop me a line to share your photo, over at the "Meet Devoney" page.