1854 A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith With a Selection From His Letters Edited by Mrs Austin
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Leather Binding, Very Scarce
This work is the extremely scarce privately circulated copy of the memoir 1854, which was first published in 1855. Undated, dated using Copac. Printed by John Edward Taylor, Little Queen Street. Written by his daughter, Lady Saba Holland, the second wife of Sir Henry Holland. Lady Holland made a name for herself in the literary sphere by penning this carefully written memoir of her father. Sydney Smith published several sermons and religious work. His reputation among contemporaries was that of a humorist. He was known to make jest of religious subjects and is known in the United States for his rhyming recipe for salad dressing. With the bookplate of Hon. Francis C Bridgeman to the front pastedown. Bridgeman was a British Army officer and Conservative politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1885-1895. His crest to the tail of the spine.
In a half morocco binding with cloth covered boards. Externally, very smart with a small amount of rubbing to the rear joint and to the head and tail of spine. Slightly heavier rubbing to the front joint. Minor rubbing to the extremities. Small amount of damp staining to the rear board. Prior owner's bookplate to the front pastedown, Francis C Bridgeman. Library plate to the front pastedown. Front hinge is slightly strained but firm. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are slightly age toned with the odd spot throughout.
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