Gertrude of Wyoming and other poems (Signed copy)
This copy belonged to Victorian artist Lawrence Alma Tadema, with his signature to the title page
Seventh edition. Hardback bound in full leather. 17 × 10cm, 160pp.
This copy was owned by the artist Lawrence Alma Tadema as a young man and he has signed the engraved title page and dated it 1853 (he would have been 16). Alma Tadema was one of the most highly renowned romantic artists of the late 19th century.
A collection of poems by Scottish poet Thomas Campbell. Gertrude of Wyoming is set in the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania and the massacre that occurred there on July 3, 1778 when more than three hundred American Revolutionaries died at the hands of Loyalists and their Iroquois allies.
The leather is quite heavily worn and the front joint is weak with the upper board nearly detached. The pages are foxed to the title pages but the main body of text is in good order. A battered copy with an interesting provenance.