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ANTIQUARIAN BOOK

Poems.

PAYN (James).

PAYN (James).

Poems.

First Edition. Small 8vo. [163 x 105 x 22 mm]. viii, 191, [1] pp. Contemporary binding of green goatskin, the covers tooled in gilt with a wide border of triple fillets with a strip of red goatskin, surrounded by repeated floral tools on a studded background with rectangular ornaments on citron onlays and an open "S" shaped tool on red onlays, and a harp tool at the centre. The spine with three raised bands, lettered in the upper panel and dated at the centre, with gilt compartments containing floral tools, the edges of the boards tooled with a gilt roll, the turn-ins and matching inside joints tooled with fillets and floral ornaments, brown silk endleaves and doublures, edges gilt over marbled.(Slightly rubbed and some minute insect activity detectable on the turn-ins).
Cambridge: [by R. Clay for] Macmillan & Co., 1853.

A good old selection of verses, beginning with "The Uncut Volume" and "Pygmalion" and ending with "Wordsworth's Grave". There are a few spots and some minor soiling, but it is a good copy. It is an elaborate and attractive binding, and the harp has led one previous owner to regard it as Irish. I would say that it is probably provincial. There are two inscriptions, one dated 1853 with the name "Effie Payn" added in pencil and the other signed "Louis [...] Payn".

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