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Poetical Works

SAYERS (Frank).

SAYERS. (Frank).

Poetical Works of the late F. Sayers, M.D. To which have been prefixed the Connected Disquisition on the Rise and Progress of English Poetry, and on English Metres, and also some Biographic Particulars of the Author, supplied by W. Taylor of Norwich.

Engraved frontispiece portrait and two plates

8vo. [232 x 142 x 29 mm]. [2]ff, xcvii, [ix], 275, [1] pp.Original brown boards and paper spine, lettered in manuscript, plain endleaves, uncut edges. (Headcaps chipped, joints a little worn).
London: printed [in Norwich by S. Wilkin] for W. Simpkin and R. Marshall, 1830

A very good copy in original condition, with the half-title.

Frank Sayers (1763-1817), the Norwich poet, best known for Dramatic Sketches of the Ancient Northern Mythology, 1790. Of a nervous disposition, and indolent, he was "a major literary talent squandered". His Collected Works were published in two volumes by his friend William Taylor in 1823, and these Poetical Works first appeared in Norwich in 1828.

This volume has a small printed yellow label at the upper outer corner of the front pastedown: "R. Riviere. Bookseller &c. 17 Orange Grove, Bath". Beneath this is a bold pencil inscription "S. J. Brisco. Crofton Park. 1833". This is probably in the hand of Sarah, the wife of Sir Wastell Brisco (1778-1862) of Crofton Place, or Hall, or Park, in Cumberland.

According to The British Bookmaker, February 1891, p.5, Robert Riviere (1808-1882) "was apprenticed to Messrs. Allman, the booksellers, of Princes-Street, Hanover-square [London]. In 1829 he started in business for himself in Bath, but not doing very well he came back to London in 1830, and started as a bookbinder in Great Queen-street, where his artistic taste soon secured for him the liberal patronage of many of the best bibliophiles in the country. In 1840 he removed to Piccadilly....". This needs correcting, as the Bath Directories for 1837 and 1841 have him at 24 Union Street. He appears to have moved back to London in about 1840, first at 28 Great Queen Street, moving to Great Newport Street in 1856, and to 196 Piccadilly in 1862. This extended period in Bath saw him develop his skills and business as a bookbinder. He decided to leave this copy of Sayers's Poetical Works in the publisher's boards, and presumably sold it from his shop in Orange Grove to Lady Brisco in 1833.

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