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BACON, Mary Ann.]
The Legend of St. Bernard. A poem, with notes. Not published.
Norwich: printed by Bacon, Kinnebrook, and Bacon, [1840]. Octavo (226 x 140 mm). Original buff paper wrappers, darker paper backstrip, paper label to front wrapper hand lettered with the title and "By a Norwich Hand", set within a square rule. Ownership signature of A. Leigh Hunt to title page, his initials to front wrapper; in 1870 Hunt published a history of the town of Thetford in Norwich. A well-preserved copy of a fragile provincial publication, the contents clean and crisp; early paper repair filling in loss at bottom right corner of front wrapper, some chipping and creasing to extremities and some leaves. First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Mrs Howlett from her affectionate friend MAB". We can trace ten copies in institutions worldwide, just one of those a presentation copy, inscribed from the author's father (see below). The little-known British poet Mary Ann Bacon (fl. 1839-1870, d. 1875) was born into a family of writers, editors, and publishers. Her father was Richard Mackenzie Bacon (1776-1844), the proprietor of the Whig Norwich Mercury, a leading provincial organ of liberal opinion. He was later joined in this venture by W. Kinnebrook and David Kinnebrook, and his son Richard Noverre Bacon (1798-1884) - hence the imprint of the present title. A contributor to a vast array of publications, particularly those with a focus on music, Richard Mackenzie Bacon "wrote most of the (usually unsigned) pieces, along with his daughters, Louisa and Mary Ann. The latter, like her father, also contributed to the New Monthly Magazine, … [Klicken Sie unten für eine ausführliche Beschreibung]
Antiquar: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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