London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, 1816. 7th. Full marroon straight grain Marocco. THE REMAINS OF HENRY KIRKE WHITE. ROBERT SOUTHEY. Published by: London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown. 1816. Fore-edge painting, by Lyman Young.
The seventh edition, two volumes in one. Bound in full maroon straight grain Morocco, gold and blind tooling to spine and boards, very fine gilt and blind boarders on the covers. A highly attractive binding. Housed in original maroon cloth slip-case. 'The Remains of Henry Kirke White, of Nottingham, Late of St. John s College, Cambridge; with an Account of His Life'.
A very fine fore-edge painting of a typical English country hunting Scene. This wonderfully painted hunting scene is signed by Lyman Young on the final free endpaper showing at the bottom of the painting. Lyman Young (1893 - 1984) was an American artist and cartoonist who studied at the Chicago Art Institute, and served in WWI in the ambulance corps and First-Aid Company. Young became famous for his work on 'The Kelly Kids'. 'Tim Tyler's Luck' was his most celebrated comic strip, which first appeared in 1928. Young new Colonel Don L. Wells commissioned him to make fore-edge paintings, possibly during the mid-1930's in Los Angeles, California. Young did not supply title labels to his paintings, but he did sign them on the rear free end leaf facing the fore-edge. This particular book has its fore-edge painting with the description and picture included as part of the very important and descriptive work on fore-edge paintings by Jeff Webber. The following is taken from his remains, along with his letters (which along with White's poems, contain so many allusions to himself that they may almost be considered an autobiography) and an account of his life. White was born in Nottingham, the son of a butcher, a trade for which he was himself intended. However, he was greatly attracted to book-learning. By age seven, he was giving reading lessons to a family servant- unbeknownst to the rest of the family, being offered after the household were abed. After being briefly apprenticed to a stocking-weaver, he was articled to a lawyer, George Coldham. While in this position, he excelled in studying Latin and Greek. Seeing the results of White's diligent studies, his master offered to release him from his contract if he had sufficient means to go to college. He received encouragement from Capel Loft, the friend of Robert Bloomfield, and published in 1803 'Clifton Grove, a Sketch in Verse, with other Poems', dedicated to Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. The book was violently attacked in the 'Monthly Review' (February 1804), but White was rewarded with a kind letter from Robert Southey. Henry Kirke White (1785- 1806) died, probably of tuberculosis, before his early promise could prove itself. 'Clifton Grove, a Sketch in Verse' was well received by Southey if not by the 'Monthly Review', whose editor (probably Griffiths) had no compunction about attacking the 18-year-old poet who wrote to Southey. "In part, I am presently under afflictions and contentions of spirit, heavier than I have yet ever experienced. the unfavorable review of my unhappy work, has cut deeper than you could have thought; not in a literary point of view, but as it affects my respectability. It represents me as a beggar, going about gathering money to put myself at college, when my book is worthless". And later, "The extreme acrimony with which the 'Monthly Review' (of all the others the most important) treated me, threw me into a state of stupefaction. I regarded all that had passed as a dream, and I thought I had been deluding myself into an idea of possessing poetic genius, when, in fact, I had only the longing". Southey has collected here White's 'Clifton Grove', early poems. References:
From the collection of the late Russel Johanson of Ravenna Rare Books. Nancy Swan, p 74. San Francisco Chronical January 26th 1943 Lyman Young (illustrated). Jeff Weber, Pg 266 - 278 Annotated Dictionary of Fore-Edge Painting Artists and Binders 2010 (Illustrated Youn.). Very Good. Item #20
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