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[BURTON, Sir Richard Francis (1821-1890)]. Stone Talk..being some of the marvellous sayings of a petral portion of Fleet Street, London, to one Doctor Polyglott..by Frank Baker D.O.N.. London: Robert Hardwicke, 1865.
8° (193 x 198mm). Letterpress dedication to "my old friend" (James Hain Friswell), errata inserted before p.1. (Very occasional light spotting to title and preliminaries.) Fawn calf, gilt, by Zaehnsdorf, covers with triple fillet ruled borders, spine in six compartments, gilt, original violet cloth covers bound in. Provenance: G.N.R. (morocco booklabel).
A FINE COPY OF ONE OF THE RAREST OF BURTON'S WORKS. Stone Talk is a bitter satire by Burton, in verse, 'enumerating many of the crimes which England has committed, and castigating her hypocrisy' (Penzer). Apparently only 200 copies were printed and the scarcity of the work was exacerbated by Lady Burton buying up and destroying a large number of copies, to save her husband from trouble from the authorities. Penzer p.77
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