Sir Ralph de Rayne and Lilian Grey.
A Legend of the Abbey Church, St. Albans.
First edition. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: “To Mrs Vine (?) from her friend FB. Oct 1872”. Scarce: Copac records only five copies in British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Cambridge, Scotland, Society of Antiquaries, Trinity College Dublin), OCLC adds another nine locations. Francis Bennoch (1812-1890) “was a prominent English businessman, Member of Parliament, patron of literature, and an amateur poet who published several books. He enjoyed the friendship of many of the greatest figures of literature of his time including Wordsworth, Dickens, and Longfellow; however, his closest association was that with Nathaniel Hawthorne, whom he met during the latter’s residence in England as American Consul in Liverpool” (Georgetown University Special Collections Research Center online).
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Small octavo. Original green cloth, gilt lettered front cover, blind Greek key border on sides, yellow coated endpapers. A little wear to head of spine, front inner hinge a little shaken. A very nice copy.