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Book Condition: Very good +
8vo (5 ” x 7 ”). pp. 356 + 4pp. publisher's advts. Unsigned binding design by William Hyde in gold on tan linen-weave cloth of an engraved view of St. Paul's Cathedral from the South Bank, with Blackfriar's Bridge and the River Thames in the foreground. Spine with titles and a view of Big Ben from the street. Signed illustrated color endpapers, also by William Hyde, with a silhouette view of the Tower Bridge from the water on the front and a silhouette view of Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster from the water. Decorated color title page with a clever illustration showing a silhouette view of St. Paul's, though an open window with brick row houses in the fore-ground; t.e.g.
An anthology of verse about London from the time of Chaucer to the time of publication, divided into three parts - London Town, London River and London City. Among the early poets and those of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Whitten's selections are fairly exhaustive, and includes Chaucer, Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Milton, Herrick, Dryden, Pope, Goldsmith, Keats, Shelley, Scott, Lamb, Praed, Locker Lampson. Whitten's selections from the then modern poets includes among others, Austin Dobson, Selwyn Image, Arthur Symons, Andrew Lang and E.V. Lucas.
A very good + copy with moderate wear to the extremities and some faint foxing and offsetting to the rear board. Scarce, exceptionally so in this condition with the front cover clean and bright.