[Blunt, Reginald-Inscribed, with W.M. Rossetti Letter & another] The Carlyle's Home
by Blunt, Reginald [Carlyle, Thomas]
London: George Bell and Sons, 1895. First edition. Original parchment backed, brown paper covered boards with elaborate gold blocked design on front cover. An eccentric book having to do with Carlyle's residence in No. 5 Cheyne Row, near where the Rossetti's lived (see ALS laid in); signed by the author Blunt on the title page. Inserted are two autograph letters in the text, The first appears at pp. 30-31, an autograph letter signed, 1 1/2 pages by F. D. Maurice (prolific author and Socialist) from Guys Hospital where he was chaplain: "My dear Pollock, ... I am afraid that I must break this engagement for Mrs. Maurice asked some relations of ours who are just returned from Australia here today & cannot put them off. You must either..." He continues in another vein, "You must either therefore carry your plan into effect... if you go, remember it is 5 Cheyne Row & not Walk at which Carlyle lives..." As well, an autograph letter from William Michael Rossetti appears opp. p.48, 2 1/2 pages on printed letterhead of 3 St. Edmund's Terrace, etc., 21 January, 1913, with the original holograph envelope to S. M. Ellis. Rossetti explains that his advanced age prevents a more detailed reply to his questions and responds, "My brother [i.e. Dante Gabriel Rossetti] with his 3 sub-tenants, entered on the tenancy of 16 Cheyn Walk in Oct. 1862. Meredith was there at times... He had a bedroom there, & also a sitting room... The idea that the house had been Sir Thomas More's (or rather that a house of his had been on the same site) was a sort of local tradition, but I suppose erroneous.. There was some notion about Princess (Queen) Elizabeth & a mulberry-tree in the garden was spoken as hers." A nice 'extra-illustrated' copy, assembled by the author himself obviously with two letters having to deal with tenants at Cheyne Row. Corners chipped, boards sl. worn, spine soiled, overall a very good copy of a fascinating assemblage. (Inventory #: 3067)
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