Maggs Bros Ltd

A Miscellany of Poems,

RELPH Josiah (1747)

£575.00  [First Edition]

Please contact us in advance if you would like to view this book at our Curzon Street shop.

Consisting of Original Poems, Translations, Pastorals in the Cumberland Dialect, Familiar Epistles, Fables, Songs, and Epigrams.

First Edition. 8vo., xlix, [3], 160, 159-168, [6] pp., with the subscribers' list and the final contents leaves. Staining to the edges of the first and final leaves caused by the turn-ins, hole caused by a paper flaw in the lower blank margin of the second and third leaves, some dark foxing to a few leaves at the beginning and end, damp staining to the upper fore-corner of E5-8. Contemporary sheep, covers with a single gilt fillet, spine ruled in gilt, red morocco label in the second panel of the spine (spine rubbed and a little worn, corners bumped, covers a little rubbed, upper joints split, upper and lower headcaps chipped, bookplate removed from the front pastedown).

Glasgow: printed by Robert Foulis for Mr. Thompson in Wigton,

Gaskell 96.

A posthumous collection of verse by the Cumbrian dialect poet - with a twelve page glossary of Cumbrian dialect at the end.

Relph (1712-1743) was born in Cumberland and educated at a school in Appleby and later registered as a student at Glasgow University. Relph appears to have returned early from Glasgow to take up a teaching post at the local village grammar school. Relph later took holy orders and served as a priest until his death, aged thirty, in 1743 (ODNB). The collection was edited by the fellow Cumbrian poet, Thomas Sanderson (1759-1829) who provides a short life of the author in the opening preface.

This edition was printed in Glasgow for Robert Foulis in the same year that his press was forced to move from their rooms in Glasgow University to a more spacious property in the city. Gaskell notes that the typography is more traditional than was usual at the Foulis Press at this time.

Later editions of Relph's poems (1798 and 1799) were published in Carlisle and Newcastle, respectively and had cuts by Thomas Bewick.

According to ODNB the last copy at auction was at Christie's, November 20th 1981, lot.139.

Provenance: 1. George. B. Pappas, early 20th-century armorial bookplate (possibly American) on the blank recto of the front flyleaf. 2. University of Illinois, Urbana; library blind stamp to the upper fore-corner of the final four leaves. 3. James. O. Edwards, book collector, small modern book label on the front pastedown.

Stock Code: 62975