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VERSES (Wise/Forman Piracy)
London: Privately Printed, 1881 (but in fact ca.1887) - Pirated edition, 20 x 12.5cm [8vo], in original beige stiff paper wraps w/printed title to fr. cover, a.e. untrimmed, [1-7] 8-12 [13-14] pp. +2 blank leaves to fr. & 1 to rear. Printed, likely by Henry Clay & Sons, on watermarked "Van Gelder" handmade paper. As W.E. Fredeman has indicated (see his "Story of a Lie" below), this is the 1st of many piratical collaborations by Thomas James Wise & Harry Buxton Forman. While Carter & Pollard suspected it was a forgery (see their Dossier 218), Barker & Collins proved its "higher degree of culpability" by identifying the typeface as "not manufactured until 1883." In Nov. 1887 Forman wrote: "Some friends of Rossetti's have printed a very pretty pamphlet with the title 'Verses'; but the whole issue must have been extremely small" (see Fredeman's "Story of a Lie" below, pp.276-77). Binding Very Good (upper & lower spine starting); contents Near-Fine. Rossetti 1905 pp.17 & 28 (WMR was duped into including this item by Wise & W.F. Prideaux), Ashley IV 144 (1 of 3 copies on vellum), Fredeman 23.10, W.E. Fredeman "The Story of a Lie" ("Review" Vol. 7 1985) passim, W.E. Fredeman "WMR & the Wise-Forman Conspiracy" ("Book Collector" Spring 1987) passim, Colbeck under 6 (p.693). [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: Leonard Roberts, Bookseller]
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