London, South Kensington
6 June 2006
THE PROPERTY OF CHRISTOPHER DOBSON, C.B.E.
ROXBURGHE CLUB -- The Book of Life: A Bibliographical Melody. London, 1820 [but after 1885]. 8°. Manuscript copy of the original printed work, issued for the Roxburghe Club. Wrappers with calligraphic title on front cover, in a folding cloth slipcase.
This is a manuscript copy of The Book of Life on Whatman paper watermarked 1885, originally printed in 50 copies on paper and 2 on vellum. It is no.30 in Nicolas Barker's bibliographical table and he says of it 'Another, The Book of Life; a Bibliographical Melody, was something of an oddity: it was presented to the Club not by a member but by Richard Thomson, described by Haselwood as 'the illuminator of Fenchurch Street'. It was printed by John Johnson and may well have been designed by him to draw the Club's attention to himself'. Loosely inserted are three letters relating to the work.
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