Selected with an introductory poem by Austin Dobson.London: [Privately printed], 1881 Stock Code: 143842
NotesFirst edition, large paper issue with frontispiece and illustration (not present in the ordinary issue); "Austin Dobson made the selection for the privately printed edition, and prefixed the prefatory sexain... very few copies were printed" (Murray); the attractive presswork was by the Chiswick Press. London Lyrics was first published in 1857, and went through many revisions and expansions.
Octavo. Original red buckram, rules to boards and titles to spine gilt.
Proof wood engraved frontispiece by Randolph Caldecott and proof wood engraved tailpiece by Kate Greenaway on india paper.
With an early facsimile copy of the author's bookplate to the front pastedown. Endpapers browned, cloth lightly rubbed and a little faded, repairs to spine at the ends. Very good.
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