A Geyfte for the Neue Yere; or, A playne, pleasaunte, and profytable Pathe-waie to the Black Lettre Paradyse. Cambridge: St. John's College: Westonne Hattfelde, 1825.
Small 4 (109 x 89mm). Printed on vellum, and on rectos only, in red and black letter, collation: 2 blanks + 20ll. + one folding leaf + 2 blanks, each leaf with double line rule in red, each rule with repeated floral ornament at corners. Original brown morocco gilt, double gilt fillet inner and outer panels on both covers, the inner panel with foliate tooling at corners, upper cover gilt lettered with title: 'Spirit of Hartshorne', spine with raised bands ruled in gilt, the 6 compartments with repeated foliate tool, gilt turn-ins and board edges, g.e. Provenance: Edward Herbert, second Earl of Powis (1785-1848), a gift to George Hibbert (1757-1837) (inscribed 'Powis' on front blank, with gift inscription to 'G. Hibbert Esq.').
'Only 2 copies on vellum' (so inscribed below gift inscription). Divided into two parts, the second headed 'Crumbes off concepte to cache Black lettre Boke-Louers: or, A rare and racey repaste ffor a real Roxburgher', the first part purporting to be by R. Pynson, the second by Charles Hartshorne, this little book ends with a poem, 'Carmina Cornucervinia' on the pleasures of black letter book collecting. It is a delightful jeu d'esprit from one great member of the Roxburghe Club to another. Edward Herbert was educated at Eton and St. John's College, Cambridge, becoming M.A. in 1806, and the following year took the surname and arms of Herbert in lieu of Clive in accordance with the will of his maternal uncle. He was elected a member of the Roxburghe Club in 1828, and became president 16 May 1835. George Hibbert, merchant and London alderman, sold the greater part of his book collection in 1829. The sale of his library occupied 42 days, and required a 482 page catalogue.