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Hall, Joseph. Virgidemiarum: satires. In six books. London: William Pickering, Chancery Lane [colophon: Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne & Co.], 1825. 8vo (18.5 cm, 7.25"). 7, , xv, , 151 pp. $300.00
Pickering publication of the bishop of Norwich's => personal satires, originally printed in 1597 and 1598, and noted by the DNB as "the first collection of formal verse satires on the Latin model to be published in England."
This imprint represents more than meets the eye: "This book was first published by W. & C. Tait, Edinburgh, 1824. Evidently Pickering bought a part of the edition and inserted his own title-page" (Keynes). Someone has inked "only 100 copies printed" on the bottom margin of the title-page.
Provenance: Bookplate of Allan D. MacDonald on front pastedown; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Kelly, Checklist of Books Published by William Pickering, 1825.6; Keynes, William Pickering (rev. ed.),69. 19th-century polished calf, spine with gilt red leather label and florally gilt-stamped compartments, covers double-ruled in gilt with blind oblong rolls within, board edges decorated in gilt curly roll; marbled endpapers, all edges stained red, binding ever so gently rubbed. Light pencilling on endpapers, evidence of removed bookplate; provenance evidence/inknote as above, light age-toning with the occasional spot and two small pencil marks. => A lovely, clean, attractive book. (37853) Please RESHELVE This.
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