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[Anderdon, John Lavicount]. The life of Thomas Ken bishop of Bath and Wells. By a layman. London: William Pickering (pr. by C. Whittingham), 1851. 8vo (22.5 cm, 8.85"). Frontis., viii, 528 pp. $500.00
Uncommon first edition of this biography of the esteemed bishop, non-juror, and hymnodist (1637–1711), written by the author of The River Dove (although the work was anonymously published, this attribution was later confirmed by Plumptre). The frontispiece portrait of the subject was engraved by W. Humphreys "from a contemporary print by Loggan." The volume overall is a => handsome example of Whittingham's printing, set in a large type with ornamental initials and tailpieces; at the back are three pages of sheet music for hymns written by Ken, and the errata slip is tipped in.
Binding: Contemporary full violet-brown morocco, framed and panelled in blind with blind-tooled corner fleurons, done by James Hayday (with binder's stamp on front free endpaper). All edges gilt.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Kelly, Checklist of Books Published by William Pickering, 1851.10; Keynes, William Pickering (rev. ed.), p. 75; NSTC 2A11311. Binding as above, recased, spine slightly darkened with mild cracking to leather, light wear to extremities, small scuffs to back cover, hinges expertly refurbished. Previous cataloguing slip laid in. Pages clean and crisp. => A lovely copy of the infrequently seen first edition. (40597) Please RESHELVE This.
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