12mo., pp. , 77, ; some offsetting from the turn-ins, maroon half calf, spine lettered gilt, extremities rubbed; booklabel of the Earl of Eglinton.
US $279 €228
First trade edition of Southey’s laureate ode on the occasion of the marriage of Princess Charlotte to Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg, dedicated to her. There was also a private edition in octavo on large paper. Tinker 1962.
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