Readings in Crabbe's 'Tales of the Hall'
1879, privately printed first edition, limited to 350 copies
Undated . Printed by Billings and Sons, Guildford. Hardback, bound in the original cloth covered board with gilt titling to spine (Readings in Crabbe). First edition, first issue without title page and single leaf introduction as called for. 17 × 11cm, [ii], 242pp.
FitzGerald's abstract of Crabbe's poem Tales from the Hall, the story in verse of two brothers meeting in old age for the first time since infancy. FitzGerald and Crabbe were both Suffolk poets, with the former being best known for his translation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, and having published selections of the latter's verse. A pencil inscription to the ffep reads "FitzGerald, very scarce, suppressed by author", though I have yet to find anything that bears this last statement out. According to Prideaux's Notes for a bibliography of Edward FitzGerald, this first edition was limited to 350 copies.
Good condition, the cloth is rubbed to the edges and spine ends and is darkened to the spine. The pages are lightly tanned with spotted foxing to the prelims but the binding is secure.
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