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The Book of Life: A Bibliographical Melody. [Manuscript copy of the original printed work, issued for the Roxburghe Club]

By ROXBURGHE CLUB

London. 1820 [but after 1885]. 8pp., of copper plate handwriting on Whatman paper dated 1885, wrappers with calligraphic title on front cover, loosely inserted are three letters relating to the work: the first is a letter of presentation from Christopher S.A. Dobson to Sir Charles Clay ("I do not think my Grandfather did this manuscript copy, though he may have done"); the other two are from Sir Charles' daughter regarding the return of the manuscript after her fathers death. The whole enclosed in a folding cloth slip-case. A manuscript copy of 'The Book of Life', originally printed in 50 copies on paper and 2 on vellum. It is no.30 in Nicolas Barker's bibliographical table and he says of it "Another, 'The Book of Life; a Bibliographical Melody', was something of an oddity: it was presented to the Club not by a member but by Richard Thomson, described by Haslewood as 'the illuminator of Fenchurch Street'. It was printed by John Johnson and may well have been designed by him to draw the Club's attention to himself."

$362.01