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Billesdon Coplow. Monday. February 24th 1800. Melton [Mowbray]: Clementson, printer, . 8°, 9 + 1p. Provenance: Richard Bethell Cox 1800 (first owner's inscription on front and rear free endpaper). EARLY ISSUE. Collates but does not entirely conform with the second issue listed by Schwerdt who calls it "a poem full of point and imbued with the spirit of a true foxhunter", quoting the Sporting Magazine to the effect that: 'Billesdon Coplow will only cease to interest when the grass will grow in winter on the streets of Melton Mowbray'". Schwerdt I, p. 321. [Bound with:]
The Twenty-fourth Day of February 1800. Billesdon Coplow, a new song -- Tune -- Derry Down &c. Harborough: Harrod, [n.d.]. ½ sheet 2°, folded. Unrecorded in Schwerdt. [and:]
LITCHFIELD, Francis. The Tingewickiad, a hunting poem. [Northampton: F. Cordeux], 1822. 8°, 12p. (mounted on guard). Schwerdt IV, p. 57.
Together 3 works in one volume, half vellum and blue boards c. 1900, original marbled wrappers to the first work bound in. With 5 other editions of Billesdown Coplow. (6)
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