The Confessions of William-Henry Ireland. Containing the Particulars of His Fabrication of the Shakspeare [sic] Manuscripts; Together with Anecdotes and Opinions (Hitherto Unpublished) of Many Distinguished Persons in the Literary, Political, and Theatrical World.

London: Printed by Ellerton and Byworth, for T. Goddard, 1805. 8vo, [7], 317, [17, index] pp. With a frontispiece and one plate. Contemporary calf, covers pnelled in gilt, backstrip gilt with black label, edges marbled. A very good copy, bookplates of Mathew Wilson and Frances Mary Richardson Currer. First edition. The frontispiece is an engraving of the Quintain' Seal and the plate shows seven Shakespeare signatures, four genuine and three fake. A pleasant association copy as Frances Currer (1785-1861) is generally held to be one of the greatest female bibliophiles of all time; Mathew Wilson had married to Currer’s mother in 1800 and the Wilsons inherited the vast Currer estate after Frances died. DNB notes: “T. F. Dibdin considered that Currer's collection placed her ‘at the head of all female collectors in Europe’ (Reminiscences, 2.949) and that her country house library was, in its day, surpassed only by those of Earl Spencer, the duke of Devonshire, and the duke of Buckingham. Seymour De Ricci wrote that she was ‘England's earliest female bibliophile’ (De Ricci, 141).” Freeman, Bibliotheca Fictiva, 503. Item #107007

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