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Robinson, Henry Crabb. Diary, reminiscences, and correspondence of Henry Crabb Robinson. Boston: Fields, Osgood, & Co., 1869. 8vo. 2 vols. I: 496 pp. II: 555 pp. $35.00
First American edition, "From advance sheets" (title-page verso) of the London edition. Robinson (1775-1867), a diarist, journalist, and lawyer, was an friend of Lamb, Coleridge, Wordsworth, and other Romantic authors. As to the present work, the on-line DNB observes, "The ‘Diary’ of Henry Crabb Robinson, kept from 1811 to 1867 and filling thirty-three handwritten volumes, his four volumes of ‘Reminiscences’, begun in 1845 and covering the years from 1775 to 1843, copious letters (thirty-two volumes) and travel journals (twenty-nine volumes), a volume of anecdotes and memoranda, and numerous miscellaneous bundles of papers and correspondence constitute a unique register of social and literary life, in this country and on the continent. These original manuscripts are deposited in Dr Williams's Library, Gordon Square, London, of which he was a trustee from 1846. Thomas Sadler published a large and coherent, but carefully winnowed, compilation in 1869."
Herman Melville owned a copy of this edition, acquired in July, 1870, and his annotated copy is now at the Houghton Library.
Publisher's green cloth, patch of discoloration on spines. Ex–social club library: call number on endpaper, rubber-stamp on title-page, no other markings. A few leaves in volume I starting to loosen. (35309) Please RESHELVE This.
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