Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File H: Nineteenth Century Poetry & Drama. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[SCOTT (Walter, Esq., Advocate).]. Sir Tristrem; A Metrical Romance Of The Thirteenth Century; By Thomas of Ercildoune, Called The rhymer. Edited from the Auchinleck ms. By Walter Scott, Esq., Advocate. Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne, For Archibald Constable and Co. Edinburgh, And Longman and Rees, London, 1804. Med.8vo; half-title present; fifteen entry Errata leaf at end; pp.[4]+cxxxvii+[i (blank)]+353+[i (blank)]+xxiv+[ii]; recent natural half sheep, spine ruled and tooled blind, tooled and lettered gilt on black label, marbled sides and edges; original free end-papers bound in. Last two leaves minutely chipped at top corner; original end-papers a little foxed and chipped; otherwise a very nice copy. Scarce.

A very pleasant binding of recent date, wholly in period. Scott, besides providing the extensive Introduction, Appendices, Notes, and Glossary to Sir Tristrem, and the Description and Abstract of fragments of two ancient French metrical romances on the same subject, was responsible for writing the Conclusion of the poem (which he based on the French versions) in imitation of the style of Thomas of Ercildoune. In this copy in addition to the Errata noted, ‘quia' at l.4 p.x appears as ‘qui', the author's name is mis-spelled ‘Erceldoune' in the heading of the Conclusion, and the erratum to p.lxxxi in the Errata reads ‘l.5' instead of ‘l.8' from bottom. All but one of the Errata have been lightly marked in pencil in the text - in view of which it may not be without significance that the contemporary ownership signature on the preserved original front end-paper is ‘A. Ballantyne'. The second state of text, l.21 on p.124 containing six asterisks instead of the word ‘castration' as in the first state, of which no more than fifty advance copies are said to have been produced.

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SCOTT (Walter). Rokeby; A poem. Edinburgh: Printed for John Ballantyne and Co. Edinburgh; And Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, London; By James Ballantyne and Co. Edinburgh, 1813. Demy 4to; half-title lacking; 4pp integral advertisements at end; contemporary half-calf, stippled boards. Calf very slightly chipped at headband; corners a little worn; labels lacking; covers generally a trifle rubbed; a few leaves foxed; a nice copy, nonetheless.

Ruff 119.

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SCOTT (Walter). The Lord of the isles, A poem. Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Co. Edinburgh; And Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, London; By James Ballantyne and Co. Edinburgh, 1815. Demy 4to; bound up without the half-title or the final leaf of advertisements; contemporary half-calf, stippled boards. Headband chipped; front board detached; labels lacking; a little foxing internally, but generally a nice copy.

Ruff 138.

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SCOTT (Walter, Esq.). Miscellaneous Poems. Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Co. Edinburgh; And Hurst, Robinson, and Co. Cheapside, London, 1820. Lge.post 8vo; pp.[i]-viii+[1]-36, [47]-[62], [83]-122, [145]-[180]; [1-4]+[i]-xii+[1]-[320]. Lacking the half-titles to both parts, but otherwise complete, despite the peculiarities of the pagination; a few leaves at the beginning of each part foxed; otherwise a fine copy. BOUND WITH: SCOTT (Sir Walter, Bart.). Halidon Hill; A Dramatic sketch, From Scottish history. Second edition. Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Co., Edinburgh; And Hurst, Robinson, and Co. London, 1822. Lge.post 8vo; pp.[110]+[ii (Notes)]. Lacking the half-title, but with the fly-title; last leaf slightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy. Two volumes bound together, contemporary half-calf, drab boards, sprinkled edges. Backstrip badly defective; otherwise a very nice copy.

V. Ruff, 161 et seq. for a discussion of the extremely complex bibliography of the first two titles, which resulted from a series of indecisions on the part of the publisher, complicated by some fudging of page-numbers, and a final remaindering of assorted issues of the several partial sets of sheets. The present copy corresponds to Ruff's third issue, and consists of the first (and mis-paginated) impression of the ‘Miscellaneous Poems' (here made up originally stabbed), to which has been added the second impression of ‘The Bridal of Triermain' (including also ‘Fragments, which originally appeared in the Edinburgh Annual Register, for 1809', and ‘Harold The Dauntless') this being the so-called ‘Fourth Edition' of 1819. The Contents leaf to the ‘Miscellaneous Poems' calls for the presence of all these works in the volume, but with a different printing of ‘The Bridal', paginated to follow on after the ‘Miscellaneous Poems'.

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[SCOTT (Sir Walter).]. [Title on spine:] Waverley Dramas: Kenilworth; Rob Roy: Guy Mannering; Ivanhoe, &c. &c. 12mo, variously in half and full sheets; eight plays, separately paginated, bound together in one volume, as issued, each with an engraved frontispiece; general title not called for; half-titles present to all but the first and last play, where they are not called for; pp.68+66+[ii]+62+66+[ii]+70+55+[i (blank)]+76+60; dull purple cloth, ruled and blocked with arabesque blind on sides, ruled blind, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated yellow. Cloth of spine showing slight wear, and a trifle faded; unobtrusive contemporary blind library stamp on all prelims.; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

Bibliographically complex, but apparently the first collected edition of these dramas, consisting in part of sheets of the first editions published variously by James L. Huie, 14, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, between 1821 or 1822 and 1823, and by James L. Huie and Stirling and Slade, Edinburgh, in 1824, and in part of sheets reprinted by the publisher of the present collected issue, Messrs. Stirling, Kenney, & Co., this information being gathered from the imprints to the various plates. We would guess from the design and nature of the cloth that the present collected issue dates from the early 1830s - probably 1833 or 1834. The individual title-pages read as follows, those to the reprinted plays being without either publisher's imprint or date: Rob Roy; A National drama, Founded on the Celebrated novel of the same name, By The Author of "Waverley," &c. &c. As performed At the Theatre-Royal, Edinburgh. Embellished with an Elegantly engraved full-length portrait Of Mr Mackay, As Bailie Nicol Jarvie. The Heart of Midlothian; A Romantic national drama Founded on The popular tale of the same name, In the second series of the "Tales of My Landlord:" As performed At the Theatre-Royal, Edinburgh. Embellished with an Elegantly engraved full-length portrait Of Mr. Jones, As The Duke of Argyle. Kenilworth; A Historical drama. Founded on the Celebrated romance of the same name, By The author of "Waverley," &c. &c. As performed At the Theatre-Royal, Edinburgh. Embellished with an Elegantly engraved full-length portrait Of Mrs H. Siddons, As Amy, Countess of Leicester. Edinburgh: Printed for James L. Huie. And sold by Oliver & Boyd, and Stirling & Slade, Edinburgh; G. & W.B. Whittaker, and Black, Young, & Young, London, 1823. The antiquary; A National drama, Founded on the Celebrated novel of the same name, By the Author of "Waverley," &c. &c. As performed At the Theatre-Royal, Edinburgh, Embellished with an Elegantly engraved full-length portrait of Mrs Nicol, As Miss Grizelda Oldbuck. The Fortunes of Nigel; Or, George Heriot. a Historical drama, Founded on the celebrated novel of the former title, By The author of "Waverley," &c. &c. As performed At the Theatre-Royal, Edinburgh. Embellished with an Elegantly engraved full-length portrait Of Mr Murray, As George Heriot. Peveril of the peak; A Melo-dramatic play, Founded on the Celebrated romance of the same name By The author of "Waverley," &c. &c. Performed At the Theatre-Royal, Edinburgh. Embellished with an Elegantly engraved full-length portrait Of Miss S. Booth As Fenella. Edinburgh: Printed for James L. Huie, And sold by Oliver & Boyd, and Stirling & Slade, Edinburgh; G. & W.B. Whittaker, and Black, Young, & Young, London, 1823. Ivanhoe; A Historical drama, Founded on the celebrated romance of the same name, By The author of "Waverley," &c. &c. Performed At the Theatre-Royal, Edinburgh. Embellished with an Elegantly engraved full-length portrait Of Mr. Pritchard as Ivanhoe. Edinburgh: Printed for James L. Huie, And sold by Oliver & Boyd, and Stirling & Slade, Edinburgh; G. & W.B. Whittaker, and Black, Young, & Young, London, 1823. Guy Mannering; Or, The gypsey's prophecy. A Musical drama, Founded on the Celebrated novel of the same name, By the Author of "Waverley," &c. &c. As performed At the Theatre-Royal, Edinburgh, Embellished with an Elegantly engraved full-length portrait of Mr. Denham As Dandie Dinmont. Printed variously by R. Allardice in Leith, and by other printers in Edinburgh. Each of the half-titles bears a volume number, the set being here apparently complete. ‘Rob Roy' is an anonymous revision of Pocock's play of the same name first presented at Covent Garden in 1818; ‘Heart of Midlothian', ‘The Antiquary', ‘The Fortunes of Nigel', and ‘Ivanhoe' are by W.H. Murray; ‘Kenilworth' is an anonymous revision of Dibden's play first presented at the Surrey Theatre in 1821; ‘Guy Mannering' is by Daniel Teny; and ‘Peveril of the Peak' is wholly by an unknown hand.

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SEAMAN (Owen). Horace at Cambridge. A.D. Innes and Co., 1895. Advertisement leaf before half-title; 8pp. publisher's inserted advertisements at end; pp.[xii]+[100]; Cambridge blue rough coarse buckram, blocked with publisher's monogram device blind on back cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Spine a trifle darkened, and small spot on front cover; two or three fox-spots on edges; otherwise a fine copy.

The author's second independent book.

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SEAMAN (Owen). The battle Of The bays. John Lane, The Bodley Head, London & New-York, 1896. F'cap 8vo; two blanks precede title-page; half-title not called for; vignette title page designed by Patten Wilson; author's Note leaf at end, with advertisements on verso, followed by 12pp. publisher's inserted catalogue dated 1896; vertically ribbed dark green cloth, ruled and blocked gilt on front cover with design by Patten Wilson, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Nice copy.



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SEARLE (Ann Amelia). Lasting happiness. Poems. Entered at Stationers' Hall. W. Macintosh, 24, Paternoster Row, And all booksellers, 1866. F'cap 8vo; pp.104; violet sand grain cloth, ruled, lettered, and elaborately blocked gilt on front cover, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated cream. Slight wear to cloth at extremities of spine; long early inscription on half-title page; otherwise a very nice copy.

Published in aid of the National Life-Boat Institution. The poetess was a native of Bangor in North Wales.

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From the Library of A.C. Swinburne


SEDARTÉ (N.M. [i.e., Henry Edwyn Nesmith, Jr.]). The life of a love In Songs and Sonnets By N.M. Sedarté. [No publisher, no printer], New York, 1882. Imp.16mo in half-sheets; half-title not called for; binder's blank before title-page; pp.128; bevelled diagonally-fine-ribbed light brown cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated red-chocolate. Slight wear to cloth at head and tail of spine and slight damp-marking to edges of boards; inscription on binder's blank (v. note); light uniform embrowning to text; otherwise a nice copy.

From the library of Algernon Charles Swinburne with his small monogram book-label giving his address as ‘The Pines, Putney Hill' on the front paste-down, and a holograph presentation inscription to him from the author (signed as ‘N.M. Sedarté'), together with a sonnet, on the recto of the binder's blank. One of the poems, ‘Love Deferred', has been marked for notice in pencil, presumably by the recipient. No.344 of a total edition of 500 copies, apparently numbered by the author. Books from Swinburne's library are now scarce.

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SELBY (Charles). Paris and pleasure Or Home and happiness A Drame Fantastique, or Tale of Diablerie In Four Acts By Charles Selby, Comedian (Member of the Dramatic Authors' Society) Author of [a list of sixty-one titles, Captain Stevens ... Spanish Dancers], &c. &c. &c. London: Thomas Hailes Lacy, 89, Strand, W.C, [sic] (Opposite Southampton Street, Covent Garden Market,) [sic] N.D. [c.1859]. F'cap 12mo in half sheets; half-title not called for; publisher's advertisements on verso of las leaf of text; pp.iv+55+[i]; issued stabbed, in wrappers. Lacking the wrappers; otherwise a nice copy.

First produced at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, on Monday, November 28th, 1859. The correct first printing, the advertisement leaf listing the first 225 titles in Lacy's Acting Edition, but not including this title. CBEL, III, p.607, listing no title as late as this. Selby died in 1863.

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SELKIRK (J.B.). Poems. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1896. Pp.viii+291+[i (printer's imprint)]; dark bluish green buckram ruled, blocked and lettered gilt in art nouveau style with a design of poppy capsules (signed ‘S C'), on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others uncut. End-papers foxed, with offsetting; inscription on front end-paper; otherwise a nice copy.

Lightly tipped onto the back end-paper of this copy is a leaf of art-paper printed (on one side only) in dark blue with an additional poem entitled ‘The Light of the World. A Christmas carol.' This, signed in type ‘J.B.S.', is presumably also by Selkirk.

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SEWELL (Mrs. [Mary]). The Little forester And His friend. a Ballad of the Olden Time. By Mrs. Sewell. Author of "Mothers Last Words," &c. &c. London: Jarrold & Sons, 12, Paternoster Row, N.D. [1866]. Super roy.16mo in half sheets; wood-engraved frontispiece by W. Cheshire after ‘E.M.W.'; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.101+[i (blank)]+[ii]; rich brown sand-grain cloth over very thin boards, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, black on front cover, lettered ornamentally gilt on front cover; end-papers coated milk chocolate. Slight damp-staining of end-papers; a few marginal fox-spots; but a nice copy, nonetheless.

Born 1797, died 1884, Mary Sewell was the mother of Anna Sewell, who wrote ‘Black Beauty'. Of her other volumes advertised at the end, one, ‘Mother's Last Words' is in its ‘377th Thousand' and another, ‘Our Father's Care', in its ‘296th Thousand'. One of her volumes of verse was ultimately to sell more than a million copies! The present work was inspired by Mrs. Sherwood's story ‘The Little Woodman and his Dog Cæsar'.

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SEYMOUR (Frederick H.A.). Rienzi: A play in five acts. Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., 1, Paternoster Square, 1886. Leaf blank but for signature mark ‘a' precedes half-title; blank, followed by publisher's inserted 40pp. catalogue, dated ‘5.84', at end; pp.[ii]+vi+233+[iii]; diagonally fine ribbed deep turquoise cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram blind on back cover, ruled gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; black end-papers. Virtually fine copy.

Verse drama.

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SHARP (William). Romantic ballads And Poems of phantasy. Printed for the author, Walter Scott, Publisher, 24 Warwick Lane, 1888. Sm.post 8vo; first gathering printed in red and black; pp.[88]; full parchment, ruled black, lettered red and black on front cover; a.e. uncut. Covers a little marked and stained, and prelims. very slightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

A small red stain on the front cover is the same colour as the lettering, and may be the product of an original binding error. Printed at Felling, Newcastle-on-Tyne.

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SHARP (William). Sospiri di Roma. Printed for the Author By La Societa Laziale, 3, Piazza di Spagna, Roma, 1891. Imp.16mo in half sheets; half- and fly- titles printed in red; title page printed in red and black; pp.[116]; thin parchment self-wrappers lettered black on front wrapper and up spine, French folded over plain white paper wrappers; a.e. uncut; issued without end-papers. Parchment darkened, and slightly chipped at head and tail of spine, and over joints; otherwise a fine copy. Rare.

Review copy sent to the ‘Liverpool Mercury', with the hand-written review slip, apparently in Mrs. Sharp's holograph, loosely laid in.

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SHARP (William). Vistas written by William Sharp Author of Sospiri di Roma, Life of Heine, Children of To-Morrow, &c. Printed by Frank Murray At the Moray Press in Derby January 1894 and sold by him at His Book-shops in Derby Leices- Ter and Nottingham. 12mo; blank, series title/advertisement, half-title, title-page printed in red and black, dedication leaf, Contents leaf, and fly-title to first play, precede start of text; epigraph/imprint leaf, followed by advertisement leaf at end; pp.[xii]+184+[ii]+[ii]; pale sea green glazed boards, lettered, and elaborately ruled and blocked gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Short split in paper covering of boards at tail of back joint, and extreme tailband worn; paper over front joint a little rubbed; end-papers slightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy, internally fine.

Short plays and monologues. Issued as the second volume of ‘The Regent Library'. Printed on hand-made paper watermarked ‘ARNOLD UNBLEACHED 1893'. A scarce series.

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SHARP (William). Vistas written by William Sharp Author of Sospiri di Roma, Life of Heine, Children of To-Morrow, &c. Published by Frank Murray In Derby Leicester and Notting- Ham and by Simpkin Mar- Shall Hamilton Kent & Co. Limited in London 1895. Lge.12mo; half-title/advertisement leaf (bearing reviews), dedication leaf, frontispiece by William Bell Scott after Blake on plate-paper, with tissue guard, title-page printed in red and black, Contents leaf, and fly-title to the first piece precede start of text; epigraph/imprint leaf, followed by advertisement leaf at end; pp.[viii]+184+[ii]+[ii]; sage green silk-weave cloth, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut. Spine faded; small mark on front cover; otherwise a nice copy.

Denominated ‘Second Edition' on verso of title-page, this appears to consist of sheets of the large-paper issue of the first edition, with cancel prelims., and an added frontispiece. It is, at any rate, the first illustrated issue. The original was issued as the second volume of ‘The Regent Library', with a title-page (referring only to Murray) bearing the date 1894 - all reference to the series being here suppressed with the cancellation of the prelims. Printed in Derby at the Moray Press on large hand-made paper watermarked ‘ARNOLD UNBLEACHED 1893'. Short plays and monologues. Scarce.

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SHAW (Bernard). Plays: Pleasant and Unple-Asant. The First Volume, contain-Ing the three Unpleasant Plays. [The Second Volume, con-Taining the four Pleasant Plays.] London: Grant Richards, 9 Henrietta St. Covent Gard-En, W.C. 1898. 2 Vols.; volume one with photogravure portrait frontispiece and tissue guard; 8pp. integral advertisements at end; volume two with 4pp. advertisements at end, on text-paper; vertically fine ribbed jade green cloth lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Spines faded and worn a little at head and tail; inscription on both front end-papers; cloth of sides bubbled; otherwise a nice set.

Laurence, A30a. 1,240 copies were printed.

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SHELDON (Frederick). Mieldenvold, The Student; Or, The pilgrimage Through Northumberland, Durham, Berwickshire, And The adjacent counties. Berwick-upon-tweed: Published at the Warder Office, High Street; by Messrs. Loraine And Bruce, Newcastle; Messrs. Smith and Davidson, alnwick; Messrs. Wilkinson and Blair, Morpeth; and Mr. Wright, Durham, 1843. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.176; horizontally fine ribbed rose-madder cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, lettered gilt up spine; t.e. uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed; end-papers coated yellow. Slight fading of cloth, but a very nice copy. Scarce.

Not in Aubin.

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SHELLEY (Percy Bysshe). The Cenci A tragedy In five acts. Second edition. London, C and J Ollier Vere Street Bond Street, 1821. Lge.post 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.[iii]-xvii+[i (blank)]+103+[i (printer's imprint)]; Edwardian full crushed morocco ruled gilt on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; art-marbled end-papers. Leather of spine chipped and boards detached; text fine. Scarce.

Forman, 57. The first edition printed in England, preceded by an edition of 250 copies printed for the author in Italy in 1819. The present edition contains a number of substantive corrections and alterations, as well as numerous differences in punctuation, the latter consequent upon Shelley's instruction to Mr. Ollier in a letter dated 30th April 1820: "the incorrectness of the forms of typography &c. which are considerably numerous [in the first edition], you will be so obliging as to attend to yourself. I cannot describe the trouble I had with the Italian printer". The curious pagination of the prelims. in the present edition results from a half-title having been allowed for by the printer when he began the setting of the Preface: but the text made an exact number of sheets, with the addition of two leaves for the final gathering, and as these, together with the title and Dedication leaves, could be run off as a further full half sheet, no half-title was ever actually produced.

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SHELLEY (Percy Bysshe). Queen Mab. London: Printed and published by R. Carlile, 55, Fleet Street, 1822. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; cancel title-page; cancellation slip pasted over printer's imprint at foot of last page of Notes; final leaf, dedication ‘To Harriet *****', integral (v.note); original pale brown boards; a.e. uncut; issued without a spine label. Inch and a half chip to paper covering of spine an inch or so from tail, and boards somewhat foxed; light foxing to end-papers with offsetting onto facing leaves; otherwise a fine copy.

From the library of Paul Foot, presented to him at the Cheltenham Festival in 1988 by bookseller Alan Hancox, with Hancox's inscription on the front end-paper. First published edition, second issue, probable very early state. Sheets of the unmutilated original issue of Richard Clark's first published edition of 1821, provided with a cancel title-page, this copy being with the notes, to which are here first added English translations of the Latin, French, etc., and of the scarcer variant in which the final leaf carries a dedication rather than Clark advertisements. The dedication appears to have been substituted for the advertisements part-way through the original print run. In addition this copy has a cancellation slip pasted over the printer's imprint on p.182, a fact never remarked by Forman in copies he had seen (v. ‘Shelley Library', p.49: "Carlile does not even seem to have attempted to give verisimilitude to his imprint by removing that of Clark at the foot of the last page"). The presence of such a slip would appear to be indicative of very early issue, since Carlile would naturally tend to become more careless about such details as time went by, rather than less so. ‘Queen Mab' was first printed privately by Shelley in 1813, in an edition of only 250 copies, that edition being now rare. Buxton Forman, 24; Wise, Ashley Library, V, p.150 (press mark 4235).

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SHELLEY (Percy Bysshe). Queen Mab. London: Printed and published by R. Carlile, 55, Fleet Street, 1822. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; cancel title-page; cancellation slip pasted over printer's imprint on last page of text; final leaf (of Clark advertisements), together with the back end-paper, excised before issue, leaving a laminated stub; drab boards; a.e. uncut; issued without a spine label. Paper chipped at fore-edge on front board, neatly restored at spine; otherwise a nice copy.

Forman, 24. First published edition, second issue, probable very early state. Sheets of the unmutilated original issue of the Clark edition of 1821, provided with a cancel title-page, this copy being of the variant with an integral leaf of Clark advertisements at end (here excised) in place of the dedication leaf present in some copies, and with the notes, to which are here first added English translations of the Latin, French, etc. In addition this copy has a cancellation slip pasted over the printer's imprint on p.182, a fact never remarked by Forman in copies he had seen (v. ‘Shelley Library', p.49: "Carlile does not even seem to have attempted to give verisimilitude to his imprint by removing that of Clark at the foot of the last page"). The presence of such a slip would appear to be indicative of very early issue, since Carlile would naturally tend to become more careless about such details as time went by, rather than less so. The excision of the end-paper along with the advertisement leaf is also interesting, since it shows that this copy was among those bound up originally for Clark, and was not taken over by Carlile in the form of sheets - another indication of earliness of issue. ‘Queen Mab' was first printed privately by Shelley in 1813, in an edition of only 250 copies, this edition being now rare.

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SHELLEY (Percy Bysshe). The Poetical works. Edited By Mrs. Shelley. Edward Moxon, Dover Street, 1840 [i.e., November, 1839]. Roy.8vo, printed in double column; steel engraved portrait frontispiece, and vignette title-page dated 1839, by Finden, precede letterpress title-page; pp.xviii+[ii (fly-title to ‘Queen Mab')+363+[i (printer's imprint)]; puce moire diaper cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers coated yellow; publisher's f'cap 8vo advertisement slip for the ‘Dramatic Library' tipped onto front end-paper. Neat, unobtrusive, restorations to cloth of spine; slight wear to cloth at corners; otherwise, and in general effect, a fine copy.

In 1839 Mary Shelley Edited a collected edition in four volumes, intended to be definitive, of which the present single volume edition was designed originally to be the cheap reprint. So much new material surfaced, however, as the result of the appearance of the four volume edition, that the one volume edition came in fact to be the definitive one. In the new Postscript to her earlier Preface Mary Shelley details the alterations and additions as follows: ‘In revising this new edition . . . I found a few fragments which had hitherto escaped me, and was enabled to complete a few poems hitherto left unfinished. . . . By the aid of a friend I also present some poems complete and correct, which hitherto have been defaced by various mistakes and omissions. It was suggested that the Poem "To the Queen of My Heart," was falsely attributed to Shelley. I certainly find no trace of it among his papers, and . . . I omit it. Two poems are added of some length, "Swellfoot the Tyrant," and "Peter Bell the Third." At my request the publisher has restored the omitted passages of Queen Mab.' Of almost equal importance are the notes, here also extended. V. Shelley Library, p.116, note: "Mrs. Shelley's two collected editions of 1839 . . . added much to what we before had of Shelley's, especially the second edition."

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SHELLEY (William). Flowers by the wayside. Aberdeen: John Adam. Edinburgh: John Menzies & Co., 1868. Sm.f'cap 8vo; pp.xii+308; bevelled yellow-green sand-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, ruled gilt, blocked blind on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers coated chocolate. Slight general wear to covers; one or two light pencil notes; otherwise a nice copy.

Presentation copy, with the author's signed holograph inscription on the upper margin of the title page.

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SHERBROOKE ([Robert Lowe,] Lord).]. Poems of a life. London, Kegan Paul, Trench, & Co., 1 Paternoster Square, 1885. F'cap 8vo; blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.[2]+vi+109+[iii]; bevelled bright blue buckram blocked with publisher's monogram blind on back cover, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt up spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges lightly trimmed; end-papers faced black. Brilliantly fine, unopened copy.

Reilly, p.289. The author served in the Legislative Council for New South Wales from 1843-1850, when he returned to England, becoming eventually the first M.P. for London University, and successively Chancellor of the Exchequer and Home Secretary. He was created Viscount Sherbrooke in 1880.

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SHIELD (Joseph). Adela: A Tragedy. And The death of Lucretius: A Poem. Provost & Co., 36, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, 1870. Sm.f'cap 8vo; 4pp. publisher's advertisements at end, on text-paper, and probably integral (v. note); pp.[iv]+119+[i (small woodcut device)]+[iv]; bevelled yellow-green fine pebble grain cloth, ruled blind on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; end-papers coated milk-chocolate. Front end-papers decorated by an amateur with a frond pattern in pencil and white ink; small pencil sketch on back end-paper; otherwise a fine copy.

The two leaves of advertisements were probably printed conjugate with the two leaves of the prelims., these, together with the four leaves of the final gathering of text, making one full sheet.

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SIGERSON (Dora (Mrs Clement Shorter)). The fairy Changeling And other Poems. John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1898. Narrow cr.8vo; elaborate wood-engraved frontispiece, and conjugate Celtic style title-page printed in black and green, on plate paper, with tissue guard; publisher's inserted 12pp. Catalogue at end, dated 1897; dark olive green cloth blocked, ruled, and lettered white on front cover and spine, after a Celtic style; a.e. uncut. Spine faded and covers generally a little marked and rubbed; otherwise a nice copy.

Inscribed in pencil on the front pastedown: "10/ 8/ 08 Ex dono C K Shorter". The cover and title-page designs, and the frontispiece, are by Jas. A. Duncan.

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SIMS (George R.) & GRUNDY (Sydney). Beauty. An Original Comedy, In four acts. London. Thomas Scott, Warwick Court, Holborn, N.D. [c.1875]. 12mo in half sheets; half-title not called for; pp.40; tipped into mottled pale blue grey wrappers, cut flush at top and lower edges, printed on front wrapper with title alone; made up without end-papers. Extremely fine copy. Rare.

Though without signs of provenance, purchased together with other items from Sydney Grundy's own file of his works, and roughly dated by us from a comparison with a series of similar volumes one or two of them only bearing dates. All but this and the first volume in the series (which bears Grundy's home address in Manchester and is dated 1871) bear the legend "Printed for the author's use only", and it seems certain both that the production of the present volume was arranged by Grundy, and that it likewise was produced only for the authors' use. We hypothesise a total printing of between ten and twenty copies. CBEL, III, p.626 lists eight theatrical pieces by Grundy, and notes that he wrote ten more (the figure should in fact be at least thirty) - the present title not being amongst the pieces named. As far as we are aware, it remains unpublished. Not in BLC; one copy only in NUC (New York Public Library).

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SIMS (George R.). The Dagonet ballads. (Chiefly from the REFEREE.) London: E.J. Francis & Co., Wine Office Court, E.C., 1879. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[viii]+128; BOUND WITH: SIMS (George R.). Ballads of Babylon. London: John P. Fuller, Wine Office Court, E.C., 1880. Sm.cr.8vo; dedication leaf following title-page a single inset leaf of slightly thinner paper; pp.[iv]+[ii]+[v]-[viii]+[156]. The early state of text, in which the dedication leaf reads ‘To JOHN RYDER, ESQ.,' the last three words all in large caps., the following text being set in Roman face, instead of the ‘Esq.' being in large and small caps., and the following text in Italics; the fourth leaf verso and fifth leaf recto of the prelims. numbered ‘vi' and ‘vii' instead of ‘viii' and ‘ix', the dedication leaf, always a single inset, being here an afterthought; the last leaf of text with a short rule and printer's imprint (‘Printed at 19 and 20, Wine Office-court, Fleet-street, E.C.'), in large and small caps., at foot, instead of being there blank, all as in the later state of text. BOUND WITH: SIMS (George R.). The lifeboat And Other poems. London: J.P. Fuller, Wine Office Court, E.C., 1883. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.viii+[152]. Three works bound up together in one volume, without the half-titles or wrappers; half dark brown roan, marbled boards. Roan worn at head and tail of spine, and back joint somewhat crudely, but strongly, repaired; early signature on upper margin of title leaf in first work; otherwise nice.

Sims' first three volumes of verse in one volume, all of them scarce, as here in their earliest state. Miles, VIII, p.691, erroneously dating the first work 1881.

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SIMS (George R.). Ballads of Babylon. London: John P. Fuller, Wine Office Court, E.C., 1880. Sm.cr.8vo; dedication leaf following title-page a single inset leaf of slightly thinner paper; pp.[x (v. note)]+[156]; diagonally fine ribbed brownish grey cloth, ruled blind on back cover, ruled and blocked black, lettered and blocked gilt on front cover, spine plain; a.e.g.; end-papers coated pale yellow. Slight marking of covers; back free end-paper removed; pencil notes, apparently in the author's hand, partly removed from back paste-down (but still, probably, recoverable); otherwise a fine copy. Scarce.

Presentation copy to Mrs. [Squire] Bancroft, with the author's signed holograph inscription on the upper margin of the title page. In this copy the half-title reads ‘BALLADS OF BABYLON.' instead of ‘THE / BALLADS OF BABYLON.'; the dedication leaf reads ‘To JOHN RYDER, ESQ.,' the last three words all in large caps., and the following text being set in Roman face, instead of the ‘Esq.' being in large and small caps., and the following text in Italics; the fourth leaf verso and fifth leaf recto of the prelims. are numbered ‘vi' and ‘vii' instead of ‘viii' and ‘ix', the dedication leaf, always a single inset, being here an afterthought; the last leaf of text has a short rule and printer's imprint (‘Printed at 19 and 20, Wine Office-court, Fleet-street, E.C.'), in large and small caps., at foot, instead of being there blank; and there is no inserted text-paper leaf of advertisenments at the end, all as in the later state of text. We have not had leisure to compare the text in detail with the later issue in order to determine whether other differences exist, but pp.58, 59, 60, and 62 are marked as for extensive deletions (last verse on p.58, beginning ‘I yet can see you, darling - ', the first two verses on p.59, beginning ‘Though twenty years have vanished,' and ‘But now a strange mist hovers,' all three verses on p.60, beginning ‘How swift the sun is setting!' ‘Stoop down and pluck a rosebud - ', and ‘I take the rose you give me,' and the first two verses on p.62, beginning ‘Joe, fetch me down the picture' and ‘I'd like to see the picture'), and pp.58 and 59 with revisions (second line p.58 read ‘And' for ‘To'; first line of last stanza p.59, read ‘Ah!' for ‘So'), which have not been followed through into the later state of text. The 2/6d. cloth issue; the book was also issued at 1/- in wrappers. Sims's second, and, nowadays, best known, volume of verse. Miles, VIII, p.691.

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SIMS (George R.). Ballads of Babylon. John P. Fuller, Wine Office Court, E.C., 1880. Sm.cr. 8vo; half-title present; dedication leaf following title-page a single inset leaf of slightly thicker paper; leaf of publisher's advertisements, on text-paper, at end. Roughly rebound in old plain thick white paper wrappers; prelims. badly foxed; half-title and advertisement leaf slightly dusty; small corners of prelims. and advertisement leaves turned; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

Miles, VIII, p.691. Presumably the 1/- issue in wrappers; also issued as 2/6d. in cloth.

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SIMS (George R.). Ballads And Poems. The Dagonet ballads; The ballads of Babylon; The lifeboat and other poems. With a portrait of the author. London: John P. Fuller, Wine Office-court, Fleet-street, N.D. [1883]. F'cap 8vo; blank, and portrait frontispiece (a photograph laid on to a printed sheet of thick paper) precede title-page; half-title not called for; pp.[x (not paginated]+128+[vii (paged [ix])]+[i (blank)]+156+[vi (paged viii)]+152; pale brown smooth cloth, blocked black and red, lettered gilt, on front cover, blocked black, lettered and with short rule, gilt, on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated pale yellow. Extremely fine, crisp, copy, with a beautifully dark print of the frontispiece.

First collective edition, reprinted from the plates of the original editions which were published in 1879, 1880, and 1883 respectively, the first by E.J. Francis & Co., the other two by Fuller, Francis's successor at the same address, whose imprint also appears on the present volume. The photograph is here first added. Late reprints bear the imprint of Fuller's successor at Wine Office Court, T. Vernon and Co., and have a different photograph as frontispiece, whilst later printings still bear the imprint of Routledge. The discontinuities in the pagination are the result of the omission of the separate title-pages to the three volumes. (The advertisement leaves have also been excluded, though this does not show). Dated from the English Catalogue of books. Miles, VIII, p.691.

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SIMS (George R.). Ballads And Poems: The Dagonet ballads; The ballads of Babylon; The lifeboat and other poems. With a portrait of the author. T. Vernon and Co., Limited, Wine Office-court, Fleet-street, N.D. [post 1883]. F'cap 8vo; blank, and portrait frontispiece (a photograph laid on to a printed sheet of thick paper) with tissue guard, precede title-page; half-title not called for; pp.[x]+128+[vii (paged [x])]+156+[vi (paged viii)]+152; light marina blue buckram, blocked black and red, lettered gilt, on front cover, blocked black, ruled and lettered gilt, on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated pale yellow. Very slight general wear to covers, and end-papers a little cracked; tissue foxed, with light offsetting onto title; otherwise a fine copy.

Reprinted from the plates of the original editions, the discontinuities in the pagination resulting from the omission of the separate title-pages to the three volumes. (The advertisement leaves have also been excluded, though this does not show). Dated from the English Catalogue of books, which gives the publisher as Fuller, the same as for the original editions. Vernons appear to have succeeded Fullers, and operated from the same address. The present volume is a reprint on slightly thinner paper made from the plates of the first collected edition, but with a different title-page and portrait. The front paste-down bears a bookplate dated ‘1890'. Miles, VIII, p.691.

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[SIMS (W.).]. [Cover title:] A River Holiday. Illustrated by Harry Furniss. T. Fisher Unwin, 17, Holborn Viaduct, E.C., N.D. [1883]. One gathering, double demy 16mo, sewn into tan wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in black; two blanks precede fly-title with frontispiece on verso; other prelims. not called for; two blanks at end; numerous illustrations in text; issued without end-papers. Re-backed with brown paper, this being extended as back wrapper with the major portion of the original blank back wrapper laid on; front wrapper delicate, and with several small chips at edges, not touching Furniss's design; minute chips to corners of first two and final blank; otherwise text nice. Very scarce.

Presentation copy from the illustrator, inscribed on the second blank in Furniss's holograph: ‘C.B.B. from H.F.' A very delicate production. The blanks at front and back are a curiosity: one wonders whether they might not have been intended for end-papers - in which case this might be a proof.

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SKIPSEY (Joseph). A Book of Lyrics, Including Songs, Ballads, And Chants. New edition, revised. London: David Bogue, 3, St. Martin's Place, 1881. Post 8vo; blank before half-title; pp.[viii]+96; diagonally fine ribbed leaf-green cloth, ruled blind on back cover, ruled and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated light grey. End-papers a little faded at edges; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

First London edition of a book published in Bedlington in 1878 under the title A Book of Miscellaneous Lyrics the altered title here reflecting the altered content. Skipsey had intended to publish a companion volume to the 1878 Lyrics under the title ‘A Book of Songs and Ditties', but this did not appear: instead he combined a selection from each of the manuscripts into the present volume, which thus differs considerably in content from the 1878 printing. The author was a self-taught coal-miner, who published his first book of poems in 1862. The 1878 volume received favourable reviews in several London papers, including one by Watts-Dunton in the Athenaeum. CBEL, III, p.357; not in Reilly.

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SKRINE (John Huntley, Scholar of C.C.C.). Newdigate Prize Poem. Margaret of Anjou: Recited In the Theatre, Oxford, June 22, 1870. Oxford: T. & G. Shrimpton, 1870. One gathering, f'cap 8vo; half-title not called for. Disbound; light foxing passim; otherwise a nice copy.



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SKURRAY (Francis, B.D., Rector or Winterbourne Steepleton, Dorset, and Perpetual curate of Horningham, Wilts.). Sonnets, Composed On various subjects And Occasions. William Pickering, 1845. Lge.12mo in half sheets; integral leaf at end bearing seven line errata on recto, advertisements on verso; pp.xx+350+[ii]; vertically fine ribbed puce cloth lettered within rules, gilt, on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated yellow. Slight fading of spine; neat early ownership inscription on verso of half-title; otherwise a nice copy.



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[SMEDLEY (Elizabeth Anna, (Mrs. Dudley (‘Fanny') Hart).]. Mrs. Jerningham's Journal. Macmillan and Co., 1869. F'cap 8vo; half-title excised, apparently before issue; K8, the final leaf (blank or advertisement leaf) similarly excised; yellow-green sand grain cloth ruled blind on sides and spine, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt up spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated redish chocolate, Very slight general wear to covers; slight cracking of end-papers; otherwise a nice copy.



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[SMEDLEY (Elizabeth Anna, (Mrs. Dudley (‘Fanny') Hart).]. Harry. By The author Of "Mrs. Jerningham's Journal." New York: Scribner, Armstrong & Co., 1877. Super roy.16mo in half sheets; blank precedes title-page; half-title not called for; pp.[vi]+145+[i (blank)]; inserted leaf publisher's advertisements and conjugate blank at end; diagonally fine ribbed moss green cloth, ruled blind on back cover, ruled and blocked black, lettered gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt up spine; a.e. burnished scarlet; pale yellow glazed end-papers. Fine copy.

Published in the same year as the English edition, but bearing no copyright notice, and presumably a piracy. The English edition at least is definitely scarce.

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SMEDLEY (Frank E.) and YATES (Edmund H.). Mirth and metre. By Two merry men. Frank E. Smedley, And Edmund H. Yates. With Illustrations by M'Connell. London: George Routledge & Co., Farringdon Street; New York: 18, Beekman Street, 1855. Frontispiece and conjugate wood-engraved title-page on thick paper follow half-title; letterpress title-page; six wood-engraved plates; 8pp. undated publisher's advertisements, on text paper, at end; pp.[viii]+[112]+8; white wrappers, cut flush, printed in dark reddish brown and blue-green on front wrapper, in dark reddish brown on back wrapper and up spine, the back wrapper bearing publisher's advertisements; issued without end-papers. Fine copy. Very scarce thus.

There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.36, 51, 60, 79, 92, and 105, and with the exception of that to p.79, which in fact faces 78, they are all here so bound in. The wrapper design is likewise by M'Connell. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 6406, recording a rebound copy for which he gives only an inadequate collation, his copy being without the half-title, the terminal advertisements, and one of the plates (a fact of which he seems to have been unaware). As 6406a he records a copy bearing the words ‘8th thousand' on the title-page, in original wrappers, and with 8pp. inserted advertisements at the end dated ‘October 1854'; he does not mention the number of the plates.

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SMEDLEY (Frank E.). Gathered leaves: Being a collection of The poetical writings Of the late Frank E. Smedley. With a Memorial Preface By Edmund Yates. With Illustrations. Virtue Brothers & Co., 1, Amen Corner, Paternoster Row, 1865. Sq.cr.8vo; engraved portrait frontispiece, with tissue guard; wood engraved borders and large initials throughout, and numerous illustrations on text paper; 2pp. integral advertisements, followed by 32pp. publisher's inserted catalogue dated January 1865; brown sand-grain cloth, designed after the manner of a half-bound volume, ruled and pressed out with a diagonal straight grain morocco pattern on the sides, blocked pictorially gilt on front cover, blocked, ruled, and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g., end-papers coated light yellow. Some general wear to covers; neat contemporary inscription on upper margin of title-page; light scattered foxing; in general a nice copy of a scarce book.

Yates's useful biographical sketch occupies pp.ix-xxiv. The ornament on the verso of the half-title page suggests that the book was produced for a Christmas market - presumably that of 1864. CBEL, III, p.508.

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SMEDLEY (Frank E.). Last leaves From Beechwood, By the late Frank E. Smedley. Edited by William Brailsford. Enfield, [Middx.,] Printed [for private circulation] by J.H. Meyers, 1867. Post 8vo; half-title not called for; portrait frontispiece, a photograph laid on to an inserted sheet of glazed paper printed with frame in gold; headpiece to Brailsford's prefatory poem, a photographic view, laid on; pp.68; dark green patterned sand grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, blocked gilt on front cover, ruled across and lettered up spine, gilt; end-papers coated very pale cream. Fine copy. Rare.

Family copy, inscribed unobtrusively on the verso of the front free end-paper: "Charles Edward Smedley / With his Aunt Fanny's love - / In affectionate rememberance / of the Author". ‘Aunt Fanny' was the poetess Elizabeth Anna Smedley, Mrs. Dudley Hart. Gernsheim, 384. CBEL, III, p.508.

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S[MEDLEY]. (M[enella Bute]). The Story of Queen Isabel And other verses. By M.S. London: Bell and Daldy, 186, Fleet Street, 1863. F'cap 8vo; advertisement leaf before half-title; wood-engraved tail-pieces throughout; pp.[2]+vi+111+[i (printer's imprint)]; publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated April, 1863; royal blue vertical wavy-grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled blind, blocked and lettered gilt, on spine; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated chocolate. Half-title lacking, otherwise a fine copy.

A handsome book. CBEL, III, p.305; Miles, VII.

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SMETHAM (Henry). Sketches: Prose and rhyme. London: Whiting & Co., 30 & 32, Sardinia Street, W.C.; Strood, Kent: Sweet & Sons, High Street, 1889. Post 8vo; half-title not called for; pp.viii+188+4 (list of Subscribers); Cambridge blue buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; end-papers printed with branched stem design in grey-green. Spine and edges of covers faded; otherwise a nice copy.

A wire-stitched binding, in good state. Very competant verse and prose, including some drama. A subscription copy, as is shown by a light pencilled signature on the upper margin of the title-page. One hundred and sixty-four copies were subscribed for, from as far afield as Australia, Zanzibar, South Africa, and the United States!

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SMITH (Alexander). Poems. David Bogue, 86 Fleet Street, 1853 [i.e., 1852]. F'cap 8vo; integral advertisement leaf, followed by publisher's inserted 24pp. catalogue at end, dated November 1852; light yellow-green cloth, elaborately ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, lettered, and elaborately blocked gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated lemon. Slight fading of spine; cloth slightly worn at head and tail of spine; neat inscription dated ‘May 1853' on upper margin of half-title page; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

The author's first book, published at the age of twenty-three, and that with which his reputation was established. Bogue paid Smith £100 for the volume, an enormous advance for a first volume of verse, and it ran to a second edition within months, as well as provoking a parody from Aytoun. CBEL, III, p.306; Miles, V, pp.421-435.

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SMITH (Alexander). Poems. David Bogue, 86 Fleet Street, 1853 [i.e., 1852]. F'cap 8vo; integral advertisement leaf, followed by publisher's inserted 24pp. catalogue at end, dated November 1852; light yellow-green cloth, elaborately ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, lettered, and elaborately blocked gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed; end-papers coated lemon. Slight mottling of covers; cloth slightly worn at head and tail of spine; half-title excised; end-papers slightly cracking; a very little scattered light dusting; but in general a nice copy.

The author's first book, published at the age of twenty-three, and that with which his reputation was established. Bogue paid Smith £100 for the volume, an enormous advance for a first volume of verse, and it ran to a second edition within months, as well as provoking a parody from Aytoun. CBEL, III, p.306; Miles, V, pp.421 et seq.

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SMITH (Alexander). City poems. Cambridge: Macmillan and Co., 1857. F'cap 8vo; advertisement leaf before half-title; 2pp. integral advertisements at end, followed by 24pp. publisher's catalogue dated February, 1857; royal blue straight grain morocco cloth, ruled blind on sides and spine, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough-trimmed; end-papers coated yellow. Covers bruised at edges, and corner of back cover pressure cracked; cloth of joints rubbed and slightly splitting; back end-papers cracking; text fine.

The first issue. CBEL, III, p.306; Miles, V. Ralph Abercrombie's copy, with his signature on the front end-paper.

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SMITH (Alexander). City poems. Cambridge: Macmillan and Co., 1857. Sm.f'cap 8vo; advertisement leaf before half-title; 2pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+190+[ii]; yellow green morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, ruled and blocked black, blocked gilt, lettered black, gilt, and yellow green through gilt on front cover, spine lettered up gilt, ruled black; end-papers coated brown and printed with Chapman and Hall advertisements in black. Covers dull and faded; end-papers cracked; advertisement leaf at end largely lacking; text otherwise fine.

The remainder issue. CBEL, III, p.306; Miles, V.

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SMITH (The Rev. Charles Lesingham, M.A., Rector of Little Canfield, Essex, And late Fellow and Mathematical Lecturer of Christ's College, Cambridge.). The Poetical works. Cambridge: Published by J. & J.J. Deighton; And John W. Parker, London, 1844. Lge.med.8vo; pp.xii+196; fine diaper very dark green cloth, paper spine label; a.e. uncut. Some light damp-marking of covers; label a little chipped and rubbed; end-papers a little damp-stained; in general a nice copy. Scarce.

Large paper copy, so designated on the label. A revised and condensed edition of the 1842 volume: ‘Odes and Sonnets, with other Poems, Scotch as well as English', together with a number of new poems. Solid, very readable, natural, and competently written verse. Printed in Cambridge at the University Press.

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[SMITH (Horace and James).]. Horace in London: Consisting of Imitations Of The first two books of The odes of Horace. By the authors of Rejected addresses, Or the New theatrum poetarum. London: Printed for John Miller, 25, Bow-street, Covent Garden; and John Ballantyne And Co., Edinburgh, 1813. 12mo; half-title present; pp.[xii]+173+[i (blank)]; contemporary half natural calf, ruled and lettered gilt on spine, marbled boards; sprinkled burnished edges. Slight fading of spine; otherwise a very nice copy.

CBEL, III, p.243. The foot of p.173 bears the legend ‘End of vol.I.', but both books are here complete, and no further volume was ever published.

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SMITH (Thomas). [Cover title:] Thomas Smith's Local Poems. One penny. May be had at the Time House, Soho Street, Ecclesall Road; Or of G. Lingard, Printer, 47, Oxford Road, Sheffield, 1891. One gathering cr.8vo, sewn into pale green wrappers printed on front and back in black. Fly-title with Preface on verso precedes start of text. Virtually fine copy.

Smith, according to an advertisement on the back wrapper, was a ‘Phrenological Lecturer'. From evidence in the text, he appears to have been at least in his mid sixties when these poems were written.

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SMITH (Walter C.). A heretic And other poems. Glasgow, James Maclehose & Sons, Publishers to the University, 1891 [i.e., December, 1890]. F'cap 8vo; advertisement leaf precedes half-title page; pp.viii+[248]; royal blue diagonally fine ribbed cloth, ruled and blocked gilt on front cover, blind on back cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; end-papers coated pale cream. Two small ink-spots on back cover, and end-papers discoloured; otherwise a fine copy.

Reilly, p.443; CBEL, p.306; Miles, X. An inscription on the front end-paper in this copy is dated ‘Xmas 1890'. The author's last volume of verse.

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