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  • Vingt poèmes de Charles Baudelaire illustrés par Neville Lytton. by (BAUDELAIRE). BULWER-LYTTON, Neville. (BAUDELAIRE). BULWER-LYTTON, Neville. ~ Vingt poèmes de Charles Baudelaire illustrés par Neville Lytton. [France], 1934.
    A spectacular and unique interpretation of Baudelaire by Neville Lytton including twenty original watercolours with illuminated borders. Each of Lytton’s images is in the visionary… (more)

    A spectacular and unique interpretation of Baudelaire by Neville Lytton including twenty original watercolours with illuminated borders. Each of Lytton’s images is in the visionary tradition ―most have an otherworldly quality, and some border on Surrealism.The twenty poems comprise: Le Calumet de la Paix - Bohémiens en voyage - La Géante - Le Cygne - La Beauté - L’Idéal - La Vie antérieure - Sisina - Un Voyage à Cythère - XVIII - A une Passante - L’Albatros - L’Ennemi - Bien loin d’ici - Une gravure fantastique - L’Amour et le Crâne - La Cloche fêlée - Le Voyage - Le Balcon - Les Bijoux.
    Most of the poems are given in two calligraphic versions, one probably written with a steel nib, the other with an oblique nib, perhaps a quill-pen. Three poems appear in only one version: La Cloche fêlée in steel nib version only and Le Balcon and Les Bijoux only in quill pen.
    Neville Bulwer-Lytton (1879-1951) was grandson of the novelists Edward Bulwer-Lytton and Rosina Doyle Wheeler and his siblings included the suffragette Constance Lytton and Emily Lutyens. He was a man of many parts: a military officer, cricketer, Olympic athlete and artist ― educated at Eton and the École des Beaux-Arts. He was also an accomplished morris dancer and played an ivory flute.
    Among several notable portraits, he painted George Bernard Shaw in papal robes (in imitation of Velazquez) and a series of fashionable women in sumptuous velvets and silks, but he is best known for the series of First World War frescoes for the Victory Hall at Balcombe, Sussex. Throughout his career he also painted watercolour miniatures, intensely detailed with a distinctive coloration ― a style entirely suitable for these Baudelaire illustrations. His first wife was Judith Blunt, daughter of Wilfrid Scawen Blunt (divorced in 1923), and he was an important member of circles of artists and connoisseurs around the turn of the 20th century. He was friendly with Sydney Cockerell, spent weekend with the Churchills, and Eddie Marsh claimed that it was meeting Lytton that inspired his love of collecting. In 1924 Lytton married Rosa Alexandrine (Sandra) Fortel of St Rambert-en-Bugey, near Lyon and settled in France, asborbing himself deeply in French artistic culture. He wrote: ‘‘I love France because I am an artist, and in this glorious country artists are considered to be sacred --- to them gratitude is shown for the renouncing of material wealth and worldly values and the adoption of a life of struggle which as a rule is only understood by a small number of contemporaries’ (‘Reasons why I love France’ in Life in Occupied France, 1942).

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  • Shakespeare’s Cotswolds [13 Scenes of Country Life painted for the Shakespeare Exhibition 1564-1964. by (SHAKESPEARE). HUGO, Jean. (SHAKESPEARE). HUGO, Jean. ~ Shakespeare’s Cotswolds [13 Scenes of Country Life painted for the Shakespeare Exhibition 1564-1964. London and Bradford: Lund Humphries for W. H. Smith and Son [1964].
    Sole edition, this copy signed and inscribed by the artist to Pierre Toreilles. For the Shakespeare 400 year centenary Hugo painted 13 very large panels… (more)

    Sole edition, this copy signed and inscribed by the artist to Pierre Toreilles. For the Shakespeare 400 year centenary Hugo painted 13 very large panels depicting an imagined journey of Shakespeare from Stratford to Oxford, a path the artist apparently traced on foot. His scenes comprise: Charlecote Park, Fowlers and the Red House of Tysoe, Gentry at Compton Wyngates, Mummers on the Green, Nearing Oxford, Chipping Camden Fair, The Road to Market,The Cotswold Games, Plough and Pasture, Hawking in the Stour Valley and Meon Hill.

    ‘The French artist Jean Hugo (1894-1984) produced... a set of six canvases he painted for the Shakespeare Festival Exhibition, organised by the ballet critic Richard Buckle in Stratford-upon-Avon. Opened by Prince Phillip on 23 April 1964, the exhibition celebrated the quatercentenary of Shakespeare’s birth and aimed to portray the world of Tudor England as it may have appeared to Shakespeare... Jean Hugo was born in Paris the great-grandson of the poet and novelist Victor Hugo. He was a painter, illustrator, theatre designer and author, whose artistic career spanned the 20th century and whose work brought him into contact with many of the most influential artistic figures of the 20th century including Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso, Paul Elouard, Francis Poulenc, Max Jacob, Cecil Beaton and many others.’ (V&A website). Not found in JISC/Libraryhub. Worldcat lists copies at National Gallery of Canada and University of Strasbourg only.

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  • Fleurs du mal... 20 illustraciones para Spleen et Idéal. by (BAUDELAIRE, Charles). DELHEZ, Victor. (BAUDELAIRE, Charles). DELHEZ, Victor. ~ Fleurs du mal... 20 illustraciones para Spleen et Idéal. Buenos Aires: Guillermo Kraft Ltda. [1930].
    Number 142 or 220 copies, signed by the author and with all plates signed in pencil. Belgian born, but spending much of his life in… (more)

    Number 142 or 220 copies, signed by the author and with all plates signed in pencil. Belgian born, but spending much of his life in Bolivia and Argentina, Delhez (1902-1985) was known for his exceptionally accomplished large-format woodcuts, often in the surrealist mould.

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  • De inventoribus rerum libri tres. Noviter impressi: emendatq[ue] q[uem] dilige[n]tissime q[ui]busda[m] additis. by VERGIL, Polydore. VERGIL, Polydore. ~ De inventoribus rerum libri tres. Noviter impressi: emendatq[ue] q[uem] dilige[n]tissime q[ui]busda[m] additis. [Venice: Ioannem de Cereto de Tridino, alia Tacuinum, 22 November, 1516].
    An attractive Venetian edition by Johannes Tacuinus de Tridino, which, like the first edition of 1499 consists of the first three books on the ‘origin… (more)

    An attractive Venetian edition by Johannes Tacuinus de Tridino, which, like the first edition of 1499 consists of the first three books on the ‘origin of things’. In this encyclopaedic work, Vergil addresses questions of origins, from the origin of the gods, man and languages to the origin of wine and liqueurs, marriage, magic, medicine, poetry, drama, geography and law. It notably includes an account of the invention of printing, attributing its birth to Peter Schoeffer, rather than Gutenberg.

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  • (HUNTING). [ENGELBRECHT, Martin. ~ [A boar hunt in a miniature perspective peepshow. Augsburg: Martin Engelbrecht, c. 1730-50].
    A rare perspective peepshow depicting a boar hunt in a forest, with horses and dogs. Engelbrecht (1684-1756) produced many different designs of these sets in… (more)

    A rare perspective peepshow depicting a boar hunt in a forest, with horses and dogs. Engelbrecht (1684-1756) produced many different designs of these sets in three sizes, of which ours is an example of the smallest (and rarest). They were designed to be viewed when slotted successively into a perspective viewing box but can equally be appreciated when standing in simple slots or stands. One of the parts is marked ‘N. 87’ in the plate. In this example the prints have been mounted in the early nineteenth-century. cf. Ralph Hyde, Paper Peepshows (2015), pp. 14–15 and David Robinson, ‘Augsburg Peepshows’, Print Quarterly, Vol. 5, No. 2 (June 1988), pp. 188–191.�

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  • (HUNTING). [ENGELBRECHT, Martin. ~ [A stag hunt in a miniature perspective peepshow. Augsburg: Martin Engelbrecht, c. 1730-50].
    A rare perspective peepshow depicting a stag hunt in a forest, with horses and dogs. Among the hunters is one with a rifle, and two… (more)

    A rare perspective peepshow depicting a stag hunt in a forest, with horses and dogs. Among the hunters is one with a rifle, and two with horns. Engelbrecht (1684-1756) produced many different designs of these sets in three sizes, of which ours is an example of the smallest (and rarest). They were designed to be viewed when slotted successively into a perspective viewing box but can equally be appreciated when standing in simple slots or stands. One of the parts is marked ‘N. 87’ in the plate. In this example the prints have been mounted in the early nineteenth-century. cf, Ralph Hyde, Paper Peepshows (2015), pp. 14–15 and David Robinson, ‘Augsburg Peepshows’, Print Quarterly, Vol. 5, No. 2 (June 1988), pp. 188–191.�

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  • Le Poupée bien élevée. IIe. édition. by [MALLÈS DE BEAULIEU, Jeanne Sophie, Madame]. [MALLÈS DE BEAULIEU, Jeanne Sophie, Madame]. ~ Le Poupée bien élevée. IIe. édition. Paris: [Casimir for] LeCerf and Blanchard, [n.d., c. 1820s].
    First published in 1819, Le Poupée bien élevée proved popular among children on both sides of the English Channel, with numerous editions in both French… (more)

    First published in 1819, Le Poupée bien élevée proved popular among children on both sides of the English Channel, with numerous editions in both French and English (the latter as The Well Bred Doll). Jeanne Sophie Mallès de Beaulieu (176-1825) was the author of numerous moral and entertaining stories for children including Le Robinson de douze ans (1820).

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  • The General History of Polybius in Five Books. Translated from the Greek by Mr Hampton. by POLYBIUS. POLYBIUS. ~ The General History of Polybius in Five Books. Translated from the Greek by Mr Hampton. London: J. Davis, Military Chronicle and Military Classics Office, 1811.
    A curious copy of this popular edition, removed from its original boards or wrappers at an early date and placed in a board chemise with… (more)

    A curious copy of this popular edition, removed from its original boards or wrappers at an early date and placed in a board chemise with ties and manuscript labels, perhaps for a personal or circulating library.

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  • The Last of the Garayes and other Poems by an Englishwoman dedicated to the British Residents at Dinan. by ‘AN ENGLISHWOMAN’. ‘AN ENGLISHWOMAN’. ~ The Last of the Garayes and other Poems by an Englishwoman dedicated to the British Residents at Dinan. Dinan: J.-B. Huart, 1868.
    Sole edition of a rare illustrated poetical collection by a so-far unidentified woman of the English community at the Breton town of Dinan. The subscribers… (more)

    Sole edition of a rare illustrated poetical collection by a so-far unidentified woman of the English community at the Breton town of Dinan. The subscribers list contains 52 names, mainly English and mainly women. The romantic plates are very accomplished but unsigned, save by the printer Mainoë at Nantes. They are captioned with excerpts from the verses. No UK copies located by JISC/COPAC. Worldcat: Columbia and Bn.

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  • EDUCATION ACT. ~ An Act to provide for public Elementary Education in England Wales. 9 August 1870. [London: George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode, 1870].
    First edition of the first British act of legislation to deal specifically with the provision of education in England and Wales. It instituted schooling for… (more)

    First edition of the first British act of legislation to deal specifically with the provision of education in England and Wales. It instituted schooling for children between the ages of five and twelve, established local education authorities with defined powers and authorized public money to improve existing schools. Most importantly, it demonstrated a commitment to compulsory provision on a national scale. Introduced by Liberal politician William Forster (and sometimes referred to as ‘Forster’s Act’) it also marks an important milestone in the history of literacy and literature, and has been seen as a primary stimulant of the growth in reading and of popular fiction for a mass market.

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  • The adventures of Telemachus, the son of Ulysses. By the Archbishop of Cambray. Translated into English by Mr. des Maizeaux, F.R.S. by FÉNELON, François de Salignac de La Mothe. FÉNELON, François de Salignac de La Mothe. ~ The adventures of Telemachus, the son of Ulysses. By the Archbishop of Cambray. Translated into English by Mr. des Maizeaux, F.R.S. Rouen: printed for JJ. Besongne, Book-Seller, in Grosse Horloge’s street And Paris, for Durand nephew, Galande street, 1781.
    A very rare Rouen edition in English of Avantures de Télémaque, apparently a direct piracy of the London seventh edition by Rivington, Johnson, Newbery et… (more)

    A very rare Rouen edition in English of Avantures de Télémaque, apparently a direct piracy of the London seventh edition by Rivington, Johnson, Newbery et al, with the same pagination and complete with the ’Discourse of epic Poetry’ by Andrew Ramsay. While the pagination is identical this is almost certainly French typography, with characteristic fleurons. Jean-Jacques Besongne is an interesting figure, from a long-established family of Rouen printers, but who was to go bankrupt later in 1784 and move to Paris where he published several polemics on the freedom of the press. A letter survives from him to Benjamin Franklin (9 March 1780) asking his assistance in liquidating his entire stock to form a French library in America. It is not known if Franklin responded. There are two issues of this edition, one giving Besogne’s name only in the imprint (ESTC T153158, copies at BL and Bayerische Staatsbibliothek only) and this one (ESTC N54940, copy at University of Florida only).

    This copy contains the twentieth-century bookplate of the wartime Swedish consul in Majorca, Carl Fryberg and an additional inscription from his wife Signe to the acting British consul Ivan Lake dated 1943. At some point (it is impossible to say when) a corner of page 281 has been turned down marking the text ‘Alas! cried Telemachus, lo! the evils which war draws after it! How blind a fury possesses wretched mortals! They have but a few days to live on the earth, and those are days of sorrow; why then will they quicken the pace of death which is already so near? Why will they add so many shocking evils to the bitterness with which the Gods have crowed their span of life! Men are all brothers, and yet they tear each other in pieces...’

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  • Il Cortegiano, or the Courtier: written by Conte Baldassar Castiglione. And a new Version of the same into English. Together with several of his celebrated Pieces, as well Latin as Italian, both in Prose and Verse. To which is prefix’d, the Life of the Author. By A. P. Castiglione, of the same Family. by CASTIGLIONE, Baldassare. CASTIGLIONE, Baldassare. ~ Il Cortegiano, or the Courtier: written by Conte Baldassar Castiglione. And a new Version of the same into English. Together with several of his celebrated Pieces, as well Latin as Italian, both in Prose and Verse. To which is prefix’d, the Life of the Author. By A. P. Castiglione, of the same Family. London: W. Bowyer, for the editor, 1727.
    First edition of this parallel text edition, which is the third edition in English, after Hoby’s translation of 1561 and Samber’s of 1724. For a… (more)

    First edition of this parallel text edition, which is the third edition in English, after Hoby’s translation of 1561 and Samber’s of 1724. For a translator of such a substantial text, very little attention has been paid to the identity of ‘A.P. Castiglione’ and not much is known about him. He appears to have been a political refugee and a language tutor, to judge by the wording of his dedication to the King: ‘Your Majesty’s happy Realm, which has long been an Asylum to the distressed in every Nation, will now become so much their Countrey, that the Peace they enjoy in it, can alone incline them to think it not so. When your gracious Intention to establish Professors of the Modern Languages was made public I embrac’d with Pleasure the first Opportunity for expressing my Gratitude towards a generous People, among whom, as at first I was brought by Conscience, I am likely ever to remain by Inclination.’

    He evidently enjoyed the patronage of Edmund Gibson, Bishop of London, who is thanked in ‘To the Reader’ and who appears among the subscribers (taking 12 copies). The fine engraved portrait of Castiglione in his edition is by George Vertue after the portrait in the Louvre by Raphael. The work concludes with a fine woodcut tailpiece with a medallion portrait., perhaps cut especially for this edition.

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  • Oracula Magica Zoraoastris cum scholis Plethonis et Pselli nunc primum editi. E bibliotheca regia. Studio Johannis Opsopoei. by ZOROASTER. ZOROASTER. ~ Oracula Magica Zoraoastris cum scholis Plethonis et Pselli nunc primum editi. E bibliotheca regia. Studio Johannis Opsopoei. Paris: [Compagnie du Grand Navire], 1599.
    A Greek edition of the magical oracles of Zoroaster, which includes commentaries of Pletho and Psellus in Latin, together with a separate collection of metrical… (more)

    A Greek edition of the magical oracles of Zoroaster, which includes commentaries of Pletho and Psellus in Latin, together with a separate collection of metrical oracles, both edited by Johannes Opsopaeus (1556-1596, physician and philologist, professor of medicine at Heidelberg, whose principal literary activity related mainly to the Sibylline Oracles and Hippocrates). The two volumes, though separately bound together here, were also issued as the second and third parts of a three-volume collection, the first being of the Sybylline oracles. Both titles bear the fine woodcut Lutetian ship device of the so-called ‘Compagnie de la Grand-Navire’, which in 1599 comprised the printers Abel l’Angelier, Barthélmy Macé, Ambroise Drouart, Michel II and Laurent and Jean Sonnius (Répertoire d’imprimeurs 1265). Their individual devices can be seen on the ship’s pennants. Adams lists each volume both separately and as part of the three volume collection. Brunet V, 370. Caillet 8135. Ebert 21171. Adams O 208-209.

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  • Journal de Christine. by [SCHALBACHER, Phillip Joseph]. [SCHALBACHER, Phillip Joseph]. ~ Journal de Christine. Paris: [Lachevardière fils for] Société reproductive des bons livres, [n.d. ?1837].
    A French edition, translated from the German original by Francois Jean Philibert Aubert de Vitry. A series of dialogues addressed to young children (a boy… (more)

    A French edition, translated from the German original by Francois Jean Philibert Aubert de Vitry. A series of dialogues addressed to young children (a boy and a girl) aged four and five, emphasising all the essential virtues of parenthood. The attractive aquatint plates were probably issued with the original edition and include several delightful family scenes. The first French edition appeared in 1825 and the date of 1837 for this reprint is taken from the Princeton Cotsen catalogue. cf. Barbier, II 1010; Querard VIII 508-10.

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  • Three Muses (Painting, music and literature). by HUTTON, John. HUTTON, John. ~ Three Muses (Painting, music and literature). [c. 1953]. 1953
    Basil Spence and John Hutton worked together as architect and mural painter for the Society of Mural Painters’ RIBA exhibition in 1953. The scheme that… (more)

    Basil Spence and John Hutton worked together as architect and mural painter for the Society of Mural Painters’ RIBA exhibition in 1953. The scheme that they picked to work on was one for the interior of an office building. David Rock designed an interior with a mezzanine and interesting views throughout. On one side of the room was to be a mural with nine full height muses by John Hutton. Hutton, however, never came up with the other six in time for the exhibition, so Rock simply made them up in Hutton’s style. Many years later a book was written about John Hutton where the author mistook the six muses that Rock had created for Hutton’s own work, arguing that the six muses sketch had been mislaid over time! At the opening of the exhibition, however, there was a lot of embarrassment as Hutton had motioned Rock into a group and introduced him to his model Marigold, whom Rock had only met in her dressing gown when he collected Hutton’s sketches. After a few seconds of confusion Rock said “Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t recognise you with your clothes on!” Exhibited: John Hutton New Zealand Tour, National Art Gallery, Wellington, et al, 1972, cat no. 2.

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  • Der Struwwelpeter oder lustige Geschichten und drollige Bilder für Kinder von 3—6 Jahren... 248. Auflage mit dem Jubiläums-Blatt zur hundersten Auflage. by HOFFMANN, Heinrich. HOFFMANN, Heinrich. ~ Der Struwwelpeter oder lustige Geschichten und drollige Bilder für Kinder von 3—6 Jahren... 248. Auflage mit dem Jubiläums-Blatt zur hundersten Auflage. Frankfurt: Literarische Anstalt von Rütten & Löning, [n.d., c. 1895].
    A good copy of this classic, if gruesome, children’s title. Struwwelpeter (’Shock-headed Peter’) was first published in 1845 as Lustige Geschichten und drollige Bilder –… (more)

    A good copy of this classic, if gruesome, children’s title. Struwwelpeter (’Shock-headed Peter’) was first published in 1845 as Lustige Geschichten und drollige Bilder – with its name changed to the familiar Struwwelpeter in the edition of 1858. It was thereafter reprinted in hundreds of editions worldwide before 1900. The 1876 edition added a special jubilee leaf which was reprinted in later editions, as here. Though undated, this 248th edition was printed c. 1895.

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  • La petite Bibliothèque de la jeunesse. by (MINIATURE BOOKS). (MINIATURE BOOKS). ~ La petite Bibliothèque de la jeunesse. Paris: [Pinard for] Marcilly, [1836].
    A charming miniature juvenile library, complete with its original glass fronted case.
    Cotsen A-50 (wanting the glass front); Bondy, p. 77; Welsh, 2012, 2788, 5569,… (more)

    A charming miniature juvenile library, complete with its original glass fronted case.
    Cotsen A-50 (wanting the glass front); Bondy, p. 77; Welsh, 2012, 2788, 5569, 6481, 3312 and 5558. In the US, Worldcat lists the Wightman copy at the Morgan Library, the Cotsen copy at Princeton, the Adomeit copy at Indiana together with copies at University of Colorado and Oak Spring.

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  • Fleurs poétiques dédiées a S.A.R. Madame, duchesse de Berry … orné de seize gravures de fleurs coloriés. by DENNE-BARON, P[ierre-Jacques-René]. DENNE-BARON, P[ierre-Jacques-René]. ~ Fleurs poétiques dédiées a S.A.R. Madame, duchesse de Berry … orné de seize gravures de fleurs coloriés. Paris: [Lachevardiere fils for] Librairie d’Alexis Eymery, 1825.
    First edition of this delightful collection of floral poetry illustrated with unusual colour printed plates, each of two or three tints probably applied to the… (more)

    First edition of this delightful collection of floral poetry illustrated with unusual colour printed plates, each of two or three tints probably applied to the plate simultaneously. They are described by the online catalogue of the Bibliothèque nationale as lithographs, but they appear to be a kind of stipple engraving. A couple are marked as being after drawings by Poitreau, one of the most prominent botanical artists of the era (alongside Redouté). The work is dedicated to the young salon host, collector and bibliophile, the duchesse de Berry (1798-1870).
    The plates comprise: Le lis, la rose, la violette, la fleur d’oranger, la scabieuse, le bleuet, l’immortelle, la perce-neige, le soleil, les marguerites, le laurier rose, l’hortensia, le souci, l’astérie, le pavot et le narcisse and le lilas.

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  • ou le Carquois epistolaire de l’amour... by LE PORTEFEUILLE DES AMANS, LE PORTEFEUILLE DES AMANS, ~ ou le Carquois epistolaire de l’amour... Paris: [Limoges: L. Bargeas fils for] Masson et Yonet, 1831.
    A popular guide to writing love letters, intended for the use of young men and women. Presented in pairs, there are numerous letter samples, usually… (more)

    A popular guide to writing love letters, intended for the use of young men and women. Presented in pairs, there are numerous letter samples, usually from the the man to the woman, with her response. There is a useful synoptic table of the several types of love, together with a description of several invisible inks or ‘encres sympathiques’. Cf. Gay, III, 821 (editions of 1825 and 1842, attributed to Cuisin). The Bibliothèque nationale catalogue lists editions of 1825 and 1837 (but not our edition). All editions appear very rare.

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  • [Handbill]. by ODE TO A SKELETON. ODE TO A SKELETON. ~ [Handbill]. [England, c. 1900].
    A popular commonplace book verse in the nineteenth century, it was included in The World’s Best Poetry in 1904 with the caption ‘The MS. of… (more)

    A popular commonplace book verse in the nineteenth century, it was included in The World’s Best Poetry in 1904 with the caption ‘The MS. of this poem, which appeared in 1820, was said to have been found in the Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons, in London, near a perfect human skeleton. It was published in the Morning Chronicle. The author was never discovered, although a reward of fifty guineas was offered.’

    ‘BEHOLD this ruin! ’Twas a skull
    Once of ethereal spirit full.
    This narrow cell was Life’s retreat;
    This space was Thought’s mysterious seat.
    What beauteous visions filled this spot!
    What dreams of pleasure long forgot!
    Nor hope, nor joy, nor love, nor fear
    Has left one trace of record here...’

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