Williams, C.D.; Hooper, Charles Edward. New York: McClure, Philips and Co., 1900. Very Good.
Illustrated by C. D. Williams. Decorated by Charles Edward Hooper. Sixth printing. Publisher's red cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt, top edge gilt, pictorial endpapers illustrated by Hooper. About very good, with some wear to the spine ends, a hint of toning to the spine, minor soiling to the front board, spine cracked and holding after the half-title and at pages 112/113, bright and clean pages. Overall, a bright and presentable copy. Monsieur Beaucaire is a romantic novel that tells the story of Monsieur Beaucaire, a French prince masquerading as a nobleman's barber in Bath. At the start of the novel, Beaucaire, known as an honest gambler, threatens to expose the unscrupulous Duke of Winterset when he catches him cheating in a game of chance and allows his silence to be bought with an introduction to Lady Mary Carlisle, the "Beauty of Bath." Although he pretends to oblige, Winterset attempts to have Beaucaire killed in a duel, and, when that fails, he exposes his lowly social status to Lady Carlisle. When his true royalty is revealed, Beaucaire returns to France after being disappointed by the Englishmen he met in Bath. A popular novel, Monsieur Beaucaire was reprinted several times within the first year of its publication; this sixth printing was issued in November 1900 only a few months after the first printing in April of that year.