London, South Kensington
9 June 2015
RELFE, Lupton. Hymns composed for the use of the chapel of the Royal Hospital for Seamen, at Greenwich. London: by H.L. Galabin, 1796. Small 2° (240 x 175mm). Extra-illustrated with five pages of manuscript music. (Faint dampstain, light offsetting.) Contemporary blue straight-grained morocco, with the label of Henington but possibly by Roger Payne, flat spine gilt with scrolling pearls and leaf motif, sides with a wide gilt border, centred with an anchor and two keys, the upper side lettered ‘Earl St. Vincent’ (corners rubbed). Provenance: John Jervis, Earl St Vincent (1735-1823, naval officer; binding) – Richard C. Jackson [Senior] (bookplate) – Richard C. Jackson, FSA (1851-1923; bookplate, lengthy inscriptions).
FINELY BOUND FOR ST VINCENT AND WITH FIVE PAGES OF MANUSCRIPT MUSIC, this attributed by Richard Jackson to Relfe; Jackson also attributes the binding to Roger Payne (c.1738-1797). Jervis, who was most probably presented this book in the year of the naval triumph that earned him his title, had long championed the cause of superannuated seamen. Richard Jackson is now best known as the model for Marius in Walter Pater’s Marius the Epicurean. Not in ESTC or WorldCat, which list only editions in 1789 and 1803.
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