Bibliophile Sale | 14 March 2013
[Shelley (Percy Bysshe)], “The Hermit of Marlow.” - “We Pity the Plumage, But Forget the Dying Bird,
Sold for £240
[Shelley (Percy Bysshe)], “The Hermit of Marlow.”
“We Pity the Plumage, But Forget the Dying Bird,
An Address to the People on The Death of the Princess Charlotte , lacking original stitching, [Granniss pp.43-44; Wise p. 46], 8vo, London, Thomas Rodd , [c. 1843].
⁂Rare. Originally issued in 1817, no copy of the first edition is known. Thomas Rodd issued the above reprint in or about 1843 and stated that the author printed only twenty copies of the original. Wise states no example of this mysterious original has ever been unearthed; no trace of it beyond Rodd s own statement has ever been discovered; and no mention of any kind either of its printing or distribution is to be found in the correspondence of Shelley or any of his friends. My own opinion is that no original ever existed, that the private impression of twenty copies was a myth, and that Rodd s so-called facsimile reprint of 1843 is in fact the actual princeps of the Address.
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