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THE BALLAD OF DEAD MEN'S BAY (Thomas J. Wise Piracy)
London: Privately Printed, 1889 [1891]. Pirated edition, 18 x 10.5cm (8vo), sumptuously bound in full green levant morocco w/gilt title to fr. cover & spine, blind ruling to covers, raised bands, gilt trim to edges of covers, ornate gilt dentelles, deckle edges, cream ep.s, [i-ii], [1-5] 6-14 [15-20] pp. in original printed buff paper wraps. Produced by T.J. Wise in 1891 using watermarked "J Whatman 1889" handmade paper, this title is listed by Barker & Collins in their "Sequel to an Enquiry" (1983, Appendix 7; see also Dossier S226). According to Wise (Ashley VI 174), only 40 copies were printed; 22 of these have been located in libraries worldwide (4 in the UK, 2 in Canada, & 16 in the USA). In his "Story of a Lie: A Sequel to 'A Sequel'," W.E. Fredeman summed up the controversy surrounding Wise's activities as a pirate & forger: "That none of Wise's honest bibliographer-contemporaries has received such attention is an ironic comment on the perennial fascination of roguery" ("Review" 7 [1985]: p.267). Provenance: Alva B. Gimbel, w/her small decorative bookplate to fr. pastedown. Binding Near-Fine (spine & extremities sl. sunned); contents Fine. Vaughan 4.
      [Bookseller: Leonard Roberts, Bookseller]
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