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Woodcuts and Verses
Kent: Printed at the private Press of Lee Priory: by John Warwick, 1820 - A fine set of the greatest work of the private press of Lee Priory of Egerton Brydges, the Woodcuts and Verses edited by Edward Quillinan, here lacking two leaves (evidently lacking from very early on; and supplied in photocopy), but with notable additional material. The preface bears a pencil correction to a footnote and two of the leaves of verses at the end have notes on their composition (Sonnet II) or the events that inspired the poem (At a Ball, "Ramsgate, 1816"). Two unsigned autograph notes (almost certainly in Quillinan's hand), discuss the book in its unbound form, and present it to the Miss Gillows. "As a matter of mere curiosity the books from the Private Press of Lee will become rare -" Accompanying the work is a copy of The Retort Courteous (1821), published anonymously by Quillinan (but referring in the text to the book of Woodcuts), bearing the book plate of Mary & Eliza, printed on india paper with the same woodcut vignette and floral border as appears on the final page of Farewell to Lee Priory. Three additional untrimmed specimens of the book plate are loosely inserted (LEE PRIORY) Only one hundred copies printed. 4to (9-3/4 x 7-3/4 inches). Unbound sheets. Pp. [2, title], 14, [1, sectional title]; [44] ff., woodcut vignettes and verses on india, mounted; [12] ff., poems, printed rectos only; Pp. 16, Notes. Without the terminal leaf of Farewell to Lee Priory and the Arrangement leaf. Loose sheets, with correspondence laid in. The Retort Courteous in later drab wrappers. Crimson cloth folding case, leather spine label, inner chemise, by Macdonald. Ransom 41; Lowndes XI.220, No 30; Johnson 732 [Attributes: Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA]
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