Octavo (175 x 105 mm). Contemporary pale calf, spine gilt in compartments between wide low raised bands, black morocco label, sides decorated in blind saltire-wise with a dotted roll and repeated quatrefoils within a gilt frame of repeated drawer-handle tools, moderate olive coated endpapers, gilt edges. Black ink manuscript, 92 leaves written on both sides in a fine small hand.
A lovely manuscript anthology of Romantic poetry, executed in 1822 and giving a valuable record of contemporary taste, with numerous poems by Lord Byron (”To Thirza”, “The Destruction of Sennacherib”, “Fare thee Well!”, and “She walks in beauty…”, to name but few), as well as others by Walter Scott, Robert Southey, Erasmus Darwin, and Samuel Rogers. These appear alongside many anonymous poems, the vast majority of which appear to have been drawn from contemporary editions of Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine.