Original holograph manuscript of the poem "To C.L." signed "B. Barton."
by BARTON, BERNARD
[N.p., circa 1828], 1828. In very good condition, enclosed in a quarter morocco chemise.. Four stanzas of six lines each, one page, 25 x 14 cm, written in ink on the recto of a sheet that is laid down on the verso of a lithographed portrait of a woman. An explanatory note about the poem in a contemporary hand is tipped to the top margin of the manuscript. A jovial poem written by poet Bernard Barton (1784-1849) to his friend Charles Lamb on the occasion of his presenting Lamb with his recent book, A New Year's Eve and Other Poems (Hatchard, 1828): "My friend, I send thee here a book / on which I doubt thy taste will look / With half a condemning eye: Its frontispiece! and dedication! / And, worthier if vituperation, Friend Martin's Eulogy!" Friend Martin is a reference to the artist John Martin, who executed the engravings for this work. The poem ends with the lines: "And differ as in taste we may / Believe me to remain always / Thy faithful friend - B. Barton." Recent provenance: Halsted B. Vander Poel, Christie's 2004, lot 104; and Robert S. Pirie, Sotheby's 2015, lot 994. (Inventory #: 26999)
English & American Literature, Americana, First Editions, Bibliography
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