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The Pleasures of Memory.

ROGERS (Samuel).

ROGERS (Samuel).

The Pleasures of Memory, With Other Poems. A New Edition.

15 engraved vignettes by various engravers after Stothard.

8vo. [190 x 116 x 22 mm]. [4]ff, 187, [1] pp. Bound in near contemporary straight-grained red goatskin, the covers with a border of a thick gilt fillet and a blind palmette roll. The spine divided into six panels by raised bands flanked by a gilt fillet, lettered in the second, the others with a crest (out of a ducal coronet, or, an oak-tree fructed, penetrated transversely in main stem by a frame-saw), the edges of the boards, turn-ins and matching inside joints tooled with a gilt fillet, green silk doublures and endleaves, gilt edges.
London: printed by Thomas Bensley, Bolt-Court, Fleet-Street, for T. Cadell, jun. and W. Davies, in the Strand, 1801.

A few minor spots but a fine copy.

There has been a fair amount of debate over the provenance of this volume. It has the armorial bookplate of James MacKenzie Davidson (1856-1919) and three separate pencil notes stating that it came from the library of William Beckford. I bought it from a highly respected dealer who insisted this was not the case, as the crest is not Beckford's. It is not his usual crest, but it is the crest of the Hamiltons, and Beckford's mother was Maria Hamilton, the daughter of the Hon. George Hamilton, and grand-daughter of the 6th Earl of Abercorn. The British Armorial Bindings Database reveals that Beckford used a very similar crest (Stamp 2) on at least nine of his bindings, to which can be added item 166 in Maggs Bros. catalogue 1212 which was bound by Kalthoeber. It had the addition of the motto "Through" and a small shield, but Beckford patronised a number of binders so there may have been more than one version of such a tool. The only other owner identified as sharing the crest is William Hamilton, 11th Duke of Hamilton and 8th Duke of Brandon (1811-1863), who happened to be Beckford's grandson and who inherited his library after his death in 1844. The books were dispersed at the Hamilton Palace sales in 1884, the year that Davidson graduated as a surgeon in Aberdeen.

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