Eger and Grime (Signed copy)
Signed by F J Furnivall to J R Planché
First edition, hardback with paper covered boards and leather spine. 30 × 24cm, 64pp.
This copy has been signed and dedicated by F J Furnivall to the half-title, "J R Planché Esq with F J Furnivall's compliments and thanks, 9 July 1867." Frederick Jame Furnivall, along with John Ruskin, was a member of the of the circle of Christian Socialists who founded the Working Men's College in 1854, with Furnivall teaching English grammar and Ruskin teaching elementary and landscape drawing. Furnivall was a noted English philologist and was co-founder of the New English Dictionary. The recipient, James Robinson Planché (1796–1880) was a British dramatist and antiquary, who wrote The Vampire, or, The Bride of the Isles, in 1820, which was one of the first works to show a vampire as a man of sophistication and nobility. Both men shared an interest in heraldry.
Full title: Eger and Grime: An Early English Romance. Edited from Bishop Percy's Folio, About 1650 A.D.
Eger and Grime was a medieval poem popular in 16th century Scotland. The title being the name of two knights who fight Lord Gray-Steel who lives in the Forbidden Land to prove their virtue, chivalry and knightliness.
The boards and spine are in poor condition. The spine lacks about two inches at the head and base and the remaining leather is rubbed and cracked. The boards are heavily dented, rubbed, scuffed and bumped. The endpapers are foxed and the ffep is nearly loose. However, the half-title, title, introduction and text are in good plus condition. The pages being clean and the binding holding. Furnivall's inscription is clear. Despite the poor appearance of the book, internally, it is much better.