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The Suffolk Garland:


The Suffolk Garland: or, a Collection of Poems, Songs, Tales, Ballads, Sonnets, and Elegies, Legendary and Romantic, Historical and Descriptive, Relative to that County: And Illustrative of its Scenery, Places, Biography, Manners, Habits and Customs.

Woodcut vignettes on title and head and tail-pieces.

First Edition. 8vo. [214 x 133 x 23 mm]. xv, [i], 404 pp. Bound c.1890 by Birdsall of Northampton (signed with an ink pallet on front endleaf) in brown goatskin, the covers with a border of two gilt fillets and two blind fillets and a blind panel of fillets and a roll, with an inner blind lozenge-shaped panel of fillets and a roll, and blind flower-heads in the corners. The spine divided into five panels, with raised bands and gilt double fillet compartments, lettered in the second panel and at the foot, the others tooled in blind with a larger flower-head within a lozenge, the edges of the boards tooled with a gilt fillet, the turn-ins with gilt fillets and a roll, marbled endleaves, top edge gilt, the others uncut. (Spine slightly faded).
Ipswich: print and sold by John Raw; sold also be Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown; and Rodd and Son, London, 1818

Occasional light spotting, but a very good copy, with uncut edges. Edited by Rev. John Ford (1779-1850), an antiquary whose collections relating to Suffolk are now in the Bodleian. The poems range from John Milton and John Donne to recent contributions by Robert Bloomfield and Bernard Barton.

According to The British Bookmaker, December 1890, pp.5-7: "The high-class leather binding has been the special care of Mr. R[ichard] Birdsall, who has devoted to it many years of artistic study and practical experience, and has brought to it a well recognised first-rank of excellence. Very much of this class of work is of a confidential nature, both as regards the special bindings and the books themselves". It goes on to state: "in fact much of their very finest work is done for private clients who object to have it published broadcast".

With the bookplate of Horace N. Pym (1844-1896) of Foxwold Chase, near Westerham, Kent. A solicitor, author and collector on a grand scale, he chose Birdsall to bind some of his favourite books. A charming biography appeared in the preface to the Sotheby catalogue of his library, 23/4/1986, this book being lot 296. I do not believe that he would have objected to it being published.

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