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Drop-head title] The Diary of a retired country parson
[s.n.], [Bath?] 1848 - 8pp. In original decorated blue paper boards, with gilt title running through upper and lower boards. A.E.G. Slightly rubbed to extremities, else a handsome survival of a delicate production. Recently dispersed from the Bath Reference Library collection, with neat bookplate and manuscript call number to FEP, blind-stamps to text. Presented by the author to Francis Kilvert, with lengthy Latin inscription denoting receipt from the author in 1848 to FFEP, with further slip in the same hand, signed 'F.K' and dated September 1853, tipped to FEP. Small printed label 'The Rev. Francis Kilvert M.' affixed to head of upper board. Produced to a remarkably high early-Victorian standard, this little known work printed in blue on high quality yellow stock, with elaborate red floral border, was according to the Cotton's Typographical gazetteer (Second series, Oxford, 1866) produced privately at Chelwood, the parish of English antiquary and Richard Warner (1763â€"1857). The verse itself, signed R.W., Chelwood, 1. September 1848, forms the autobiographical wanderings in rhyming couplets of a retired Parson's day and its diversions, most notably amongst the newspapers (including references to 'CHARTISTS plotting.POTATOES rotting') but also featuring the famed Bath baked produce from 'Sally Luns'. A rare piece in itself, that this copy was presented to Francis Kilvert (1793â€"1863), English cleric, antiquary, early member of the Bath literary club and uncle and tutor of the somewhat better known and later published diarist of the same name makes this cataloguer wonder if the young Francis encountered this volume in his uncle's library and was inspired to keep his own! COPAC and OCLC locate only five copies, all in Westcountry libraries. Size: Quarto [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Antiquates - ABA, ILAB]
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