- London, UK: Hurst and Blackett, 1899.
- full leather, gilt lettering on spine, five raised bands
- (v), xii, 128, (1), (ii), 312 pages
Price: $2,500.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 134230
Extra-illustrated with 133 engravings (13 colored), 126 portraits (18 colored), a bookplate of David Garrisk, and 1 autograph letter, signed, of George Smart. Full red morocco gilt, a.e.g. by the Guild of Women-Binders. Bookseller's ticket of Paul Elder, San Francisco, on rear pastedown.
Superbly bound extra-illustrated set of the joint biography of James and Horace Smith, whose "Rejected Addresses" (1809), on the occasion of the re-opening of the Drury Lane Theatre, was "one of the cleverest volumes of parody to be published in the Romantic period" (ODNB).
Horace Smith befriended Percy Shelley in 1816, and it was in the spirit of literary competition with Smith that Shelley wrote Ozymandias in 1818. Smith's own sonnet was titled On the Stupendous Leg of Granite. Before he left England, Shelley, with the utmost confidence in Smith's integrity and discretion, "placed his pecuniary affairs in his hands" (139).
A glimpse of nineteenth-century literary life, in a choice binding by the Guild of Women-Binders (see Women Bookbinders: 1880-1920 (Tidcombe, 1996).