This is a compiled list curtesty of my local library's WorldCat program. WorldCat as made for just this type of situation. A early pen name of the prolicfic historical fiction authour Jean Plaidy was Kathleen Kellow. Under Katherine Kellow she wrote/published "Rochester: The Mad Earl" in 1957. At 253 pages, it is a rarity in the historical fiction world and it is quite possible that as little as a thousand copies were printed in 1957. I call it the unicorn of HF because there really is nothing out there on the web about it and amazon even has nothing on it. I got this cover art image from the web but I am still very unsure where it came from because the book was a leather bound book.
"This is the true story of John Wilmott, Earl of Rochester, a poet and libertine who lived at the time of King Charles II."
Where in the world is it?
US, AL Auburn University
US, CA Stanford University Library
US, CA University of California, Berkly
US, CA University of California, N Reg Library
US, DC Library of Congress
US, IA University of Iowa Library
US, MA Harvard University, Harvard Col Library
US, MT University of Montana, Mansfield Library
US, NC Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
US, NY Cornell University
US, NY New York Pub Library Resource Lib
US, PA Pennsylvania State University
US, PA University of Pennsylvania
US, WI Marquette UNIV Raynor Memorial Library
AUSTRALIA University of Newcastle Auchmuty Library
AUSTRALIA University of Sydney
U.K. British Library
U.K. University of Oxford
Since I enlisted the help of the library on this wild goose chase, I got lucky with their help. The reason being that I was so lucky is that with the libraries WorldCat system you can REQUEST a book but that does not mean you will get it. Once the request is made it is up the library if they feel they want to lend the book out. I was quite shocked to say the least that the book was delivered less than two weeks after I made the request. My copy was loan from Montana.
With the libraries request system you can order all kinds of things even hundred year old documents. Granted you might not be able to take them home but you can read them at the library. Which ever library fills your request they can put guidelines on the loan like you have to wear special gloves, can not take it home, can not be renewed, or anything else they need to protect the item you requested. I emplore everyone to use this feature of the library if you need it becasue there is nothing like holding a book that is a rare true treasure.
From the inside first page:
"This is the story of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester-Restoration poet, wit and rake. As a boy he was eager to take his place among the immortals. Two passions prevented him; women and wine. He was the lover of many women, but there were two who had his life-long devotion.
He sought an heiress in marriage and, when she refused, abducted her under her grandfather's eyes. He realized the genius of a serving girl and made her a great actress.
He set up as a quack doctor, roamed London in disguise, and mocked the King to his face. Nothing was too daring or too fantastic for 'The Mad Earl '; and madly he squandered his life and his gifts, until, with life scarcely begun, he found that it was over.
This is the story of the most brilliant, the most gay, and the most tragic of men".
The question I know you are dying to know is will I review it? The answer is YES, and be sure and stay tuned for it. I will post it shortly.