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SYMPATHY, AND OTHER POEMS: INCLUDING LANDSCAPES IN VERSE, AND COTTAGE-PICTURES
Printed for R. Phillips by J. Adlard, London 1807 - In an Elaborately Gilt Period Binding with Morocco Doublures. 184 x 114 mm (7 1/4 x 4 1/2"). v, [iii], 359, [1] pp. FIRST EDITION. HANDSOME CONTEMPORARY MAHOGANY MOROCCO, SUMPTUOUSLY GILT, covers with intricate dentelle frame enclosing a central panel divided by plain and decorative rules into a large lozenge and four cornerpieces, all of these densely gilt with ornate scrolling foliage and many floral and small tools, raised bands, spine compartments densely gilt with many fleurons and floral tools, MAHOGANY MOROCCO DOUBLURES AND ENDLEAVES, doublures with a strapwork lozenge design, endleaves with three concentric gilt-rule frames with drawer handle cornerpieces, leather hinges, all edges gilt. WITH AN EXCELLENT EARLY FORE-EDGE PAINTING OF THE VILLAGE OF CROWCOMBE in Somerset. With four (of eight) engraved plates by Cardon after Loutherbourg. Front doublure with blue morocco bookplate of Hugo J. Lion; front flyleaf with ink stamp of E. H. Reed. A little wear to joints, corners slightly bumped, first and last few gatherings a bit browned and foxed (occasional minor foxing elsewhere), plates somewhat foxed and with offsetting to facing pages, but an excellent copy in most ways, the text generally clean and fresh, the attractive binding solid, and the fore-edge painting quite well preserved. The checkered life of Pratt (1749-1814) included time spent as a preacher, actor, and fortune teller, all before he discovered that he could support himself as a miscellaneous writer, something he did thereafter with great energy for 40 years. The collection of verse here includes his popular poem "Sympathy," plus his "Landscapes in Verso" and "Cottage-Pictures." The latter is complemented by our pleasing fore-edge painting, which shows a charming English village. The scene centers on a crossroads dominated by a memorial pillar topped with a cross. A man and a woman sit at its base, watching the activity around them, which includes women on their way to market, a pair of patient oxen, and a child running down the road. The background is filled with cottages and leafy trees, and the roads are realistically rutted. The painting is certainly not recent, and it is executed with considerable skill. And the well-preserved densely gilt period binding--especially with its unusual early 18th century leather endleaves--is particularly attractive. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA)]
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