WORDSWORTH, William. The White Doe of Rylstone; or The Fate of the Nortons. (FIRST EDITION - PRESENTATION COPY - 1815)

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TITLE: The White Doe of Rylstone; or The Fate of the Nortons.

PUBLISHER: London: James Ballantyne & Co. for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, & Brown, 1815.

DESCRIPTION: FIRST EDITION PRESENTATION COPY. 1 vol., 10-3/8" x 8-5/8",  inscribed on the half-title by Wordsworth "To his friend/Francis Merewether/April 26 1821", engraved frontispiece by J.C. Bromley after Sir George Beaumont, bound in 1/2 tan morocco, ribbed gilt decorated spine, gilt lettered red and green morocco spine labels, edges tinted red.

CONDITION: Inner and outer hinges fine, head and foot of spine fine, some offsetting to title-page otherwise internally clean and bright, a VERY GOOD copy.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Francis Merewether, the rector of Cole Orton in Leicestershire, was a High Church priest and a prolific pamphleteer, and is perhaps best known as a close friend of William Wordsworth. Wordsworth provided him with presentation copies of his books, many of which are still extant.