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132001
TIGHE, Mary.

Psyche, or the Legend of Love [manuscript copy].

Availability: In stock

Published: [No place] 1805 or later

Stock Code: 132001

£750
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

An early manuscript copy of Tighe's epic romance, Psyche; or, the Legend of Love (1805), which was published in a private edition of 50 copies for family and friends. There is no definite clue as to where the manuscript was made, although the volume has the inkstamp of Newport House, Newport, co. Mayo, the seat of the O'Donnell (O'Donel) baronets for most of the 19th century. The workaday quality of the calligraphy suggests that the manuscript was made in order to have a reading copy of the poem, rather than as a handwriting exercise. In 1811 the Tighe family published the posthumous edition of Psyche, with Other Poems that made Tighe famous throughout the century, which suggests that this manuscript might date sometime between 1805 and 1811.

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Description

Octavo (180 x 117 mm). Contemporary green cross-grain half morocco, spine lettered in gilt and with gilt rules on low raised bands, marbled paper sides and endpapers, sides on a green ground, endpapers on pink.

Illustrations

Manuscript legibly written on both sides of 75 leaves of wove paper, without watermarks, text copied directly from the printed edition, including title page, preface, notes, and imprints.

Condition

Extremities rubbed, front inner hinge cracked but holding firm, overall very good.

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