Tindale, Thomas Plumpton
Seller ID: 757
N.p. [but London]: H[orace] N[oble] P[ym], 1876. Privately printed in an edition limited to 100 copies (frontis, 63 pp.). Inscribed by Horace Pym (1844- 1896), the editor/ publisher, to his daughter ('For Via from her Dad') and with her bookplate ('Via' Yolande Sylvia Nina Noble Pym). Small 4to in brown cloth with gilt pictorial decoration and titles to beveled covers and spine, teg, marbled endpapers. Frontispiece by William Blake Richmond ('a labour of love') and a memoir by Pym who collected and published these twenty poems as a tribute to a naturalist friend who died young. Pym describes Tindale's cluttered house in Sussex Square in which 'he would shut himself up for many hours, hardly touching food, and reading and writing for ten and twelve hours at a stretch' and which 'he fitted up in the quaint manner which so forcibly reflected the many-sided mind of its master:-- old pictures, Anglo-Saxon skulls and stone implements...ponderous folios, cabinets of china, coins, Egyptian relics, and Arctic trophies; whilst scientific instruments, lying in most admired disorder, made it at times almost perilous for the unwary visitor to move in haste.' The description needs only a dressing gown, a pipe, and a violin. A handsome memorial to a lost friend and a singular example of a scarce book.
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