DIBDIN, Rev. Thomas Frognall (1776-1847). The Lincolne Nosegay. London: W. Bulmer and Co. for Dibdin, .
8o (181 x 115 mm). 8 leaves. Black letter, italic and roman type. BOUND IN DUBLIN BY GEORGE MULLEN c. 1816: blind- and gold-tooled cream straight-grained morocco, 'cathedral-style' border on sides, arabesque ornament in center, similar small tools and gothic lettering in compartments of spine, different tools on turn-ins, blue silk liners, gilt edges, binder's ticket on endpaper.
Provenance: inscribed by the author: "Price stitched 3/6. Only 36 Copies printed" and signed with initials; sold or given by him to -- Rev. Daniel McNeille, Rector of Hackestown, Ireland, sold in July 1816 at Mercier's Auction (clipping from the Dublin Journal of 20 July 1816 mounted on endpaper), incribed by the auctioneer, Richard Edward Mercier, on a flyleaf, presumably at the purchaser's request after it was bound: "... I had a Commission from Mr. Dibdin to purchase for him this Literary Bijoux, which he was very anxious to repossess" -- William Shaw Mason (1774-1853, author of A statistical account or parochial survey of Ireland 1814-19 and Bibliotheca Hibernica 1823), who bought it at the McNeille sale, had it bound by Mullen, and presented and inscribed it to -- Charles, Earl Whitworth of Abaston (1795-1825, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland 1813-17), "whose kind condescension has so essentially promoted the progress of the Statistical Survey" -- George John, Earl de la Warr (1791-1869), armorial bookplate.
Dibdin's pseudo-auction catalogue, LIMITED TO 36 COPIES and typically written in pseudo-Middle English, of the 19 early printed books in English (including three Caxtons) that he had bought from the Dean and Chapter of Lincoln Cathedral for 500 guineas. Its full title reads: Here begyneth a littel tome and hathe to name The Lincolne Nosegay: beynge a brefe table of certaine bokes in the posession of Maister Thomas Frognall Dibdin clerk. Which bookes be to be sold to him who shal gyve the moste for ye same. The two buyers were Lord Spencer, whose librarian Dibdin had been since 1805, and Richard Heber. In an essay of 1953 William Jackson, Dibdin's bibliographer, sorted out these somewhat dubious transactions and was able to locate all but one of the books (reprinted in Records of a Bibliographer 1967). BBB Harvard 35.