London: T. C. Newby, (1845). First edition. Published anonymously in 20 monthly parts issued from January 1844 to July 1845. Bound from the original monthly parts with title page dated 1845 added. Cover of Part IV, June 1844, bound in at front; illustrated with frontispiece and 39 engraved plates by Robert Cruikshank. Chamerovzow (1816-1875) was both an author and anti-slavery campaigner. This, his first volume of historical romance, purports to share the secrets imparted to the author by an old Parisian just before he died. The story was later continued in THE EMBASSY, OR, THE KEY TO A MYSTERY (1845) and concluded with PHILIP OF LUTETIA, OR, THE REVOLUTION OF 1789 (1848). [Oxford DNB]. Newer gilt-stamped brown pebbled imitation leather spine; original polished calf boards ruled and with corner ornaments in gilt; elaborate gilt-stamped inner dentilles; coated marbled endpapers which appear to have been added with rebacking; top edge gilt. Plates show scattered foxing otherwise very good to near fine. Also includes "The Iron Mask, an Episode."