Lot 430 of 459:
Menella Bute Smedley, 3 volumes of poems  

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Title:
Three volumes of poetry by Menella Bute Smedley
Author:
Smedley, Menella Bute
Place:
London
Publisher:
Date:
Various dates
Description:

3 volumes. First Editions. Includes:

  • Lays and Ballads of English History, Etc. By S.M. vi, 184 pp. Frontispiece, pictorial title and one illustration. (12mo), contemporary green half calf and marbled paper boards, maroon morocco label, gilt rules and lettering. The frontispiece appears to be by John Tenniel. James Burns, [1856].
  • The Story of Queen Isabel and Other Verses. By M.S. vi, 111, [1] + 31, [1] ad pp. Two pages of publisher's advertisements preceding the title-page and 32-page publisher's catalogue at the end.(8vo), original blue blind-stamped cloth, spine with gilt lettering. Bell and Daldy, 1863.
  • Poems. viii, 313, [1] + 6 ad pp. (8vo), original blind- and gilt-decorated green cloth, gilt lettering. From the library of another poet, Canadian Kate Seymour Maclean (circa 1828-1914), with her signature, dated Ingersall, August 1874, on the half-title. Light wear to cloth; near fine. Strahan and Co., 1868.

Lays and Ballads is the author's first book. Queen Isabel with the decorative bookplate of scholar and journalist Percival F. Hinton. Menella Bute Smedley was a novelist and poet. A relative of Lewis Carroll, she wrote some minor novels and books of poems. Three scarce volumes.

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Condition:
Light wear to bindings; very good.
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Item number:
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