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Wright, Thomas, ed. The tale of the basyn and the frere and the boy. London: William Pickering [C. Whittingham], 1836. 24mo (14.2 cm, 5.625"). xvi,  pp.; illus. $135.00
Chiswick Press production of "two early tales of magic printed from manuscripts preserved in the Public library of the University of Cambridge," here with an introduction and scholarly notes by antiquarian Thomas Wright. Only => 150 copies of this edition were produced, and the text is printed in roman and Caslon's blackletter with a gorgeous historiated initial and two in-text illustrations. Pickering & Chatto note in their catalogue that the offering is one of four Early English poetry volumes produced in a similar style.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Kelly, Checklist of Books Published by William Pickering, 1836.18; Keynes, William Pickering (rev. ed.), p. 96; NSTC 2W34141; Pickering & Chatto, William Pickering (catalogue 708), 277. Quarter dark brown roan in imitation of morocco and rose-pink paper–covered boards, spine lettered in gilt; paper gently rubbed and faded, front hinge (inside) just starting at top, two small pencilled notes on endpapers. Booklabel as above. Light age-toning, some light staining on endpapers. Signatures mostly unopened. => Early English poetry presented within a historical context and in "antiquarian" style. (39487) Please RESHELVE This.
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