MONK, Maria (1816-1849)
[CATHOLICISM] Awful disclosures of Maria Monk, or, The hidden secrets of a nun’s life in a convent exposed.
Sydney, NSW : “Sir” Robert Bear, 67-69 Market Street, [between 1890 and 1900]. Octavo, original illustrated pink wrappers (chipped, light staining, lower wrapper with loss at bottom corner), lacking the title leaf, pp xii, 208; occasional pencilled marginalia and early Melbourne bookseller’s stamps.
Copies are recorded in four Australian collections (National Library of Australia; Monash University Library; State Library of New South Wales; Association of Franciscan Order of Friars Minor. St Paschal Library).
‘Maria Monk (June 27, 1816 – summer of 1849) was a Canadian woman whose book Awful Disclosures of Maria Monk, or, The Hidden Secrets of a Nun’s Life in a Convent Exposed (1836) claimed to expose systematic sexual abuse of nuns and infanticide of the resulting children by Catholic priests in her convent in Montreal. The book became a best-seller’ (Wikipedia).