Autograph manuscript signed by CHARLES KINGSLEY of his poem "Sands of Dee" For Sale
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Autograph manuscript signed by CHARLES KINGSLEY of his poem "Sands of Dee":
KINGSLEY, CHARLES. Andromeda and Other Poems. Original cloth. London: John W. Parker and Son, 1858.First English edition (originally published in Boston in 1856). Former owner's signature on front free endpaper ("Lizzie Stevens, 1859"); some splitting along inner and outer hinges; covers a bit soiled and worn; in a half morocco slipcase (backstrip rubbed). Tipped-in at the front is an autograph manuscript, signed "C. Kingsley," of his poem, "Sands of Dee," comprising 24 lines in four six-line stanzas, 2pp, 8vo, on blind-stamped notepaper of Eversley Rectory, Winchfield, n.d. The lines begin, "O Mary, go and call the Cattle Home / And Call the Cattle home / And Call the Cattle home / Across the sands of Dee. . . ." and appear on pp. 53-4 in the book. Manuscript a little split along the folds, otherwise fine. Formerly in the collections of H. Bradley Martin copy (bookplate) and of Roy Davids.
"Kingsley's true poetic faculty is best expressed in various sounding lyrics for which he was popularly and justly esteemed. These are new, brimful of music, and national to the core. "The Sands o' Dee," "The Three Fishers," and "The Last Buccaneer" [all found in Andromeda and Other Poems] are very beautiful: not studies, but a true expression of the strong and tender English heart." [from Minor Victorian Poets by E.C. Stedman (1875)] Authenticity guaranteed. Seller is a member of PADA (Professional Autograph Dealers Association), ABAA (Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America Inc.) and ILAB (International League of Antiquarian Booksellers). New York residents will be charged sales tax. (#25613/tmthn)