1856. London: John Russell Smith, Soho Square, 1856.
8vo, 311 pp. Three quarter morocco, backstrip paneled in gilt, marbled edges and endpapers. Board corners and edges rubbed and worn; internally a very good copy annotated by Gershon Legman (see below).
§ From the library of Gershon Legman, signed and dated by him on the verso of the front free endpaper, with his penciled notes on the rear blanks and occasional markings in the margins. A Victorian edition of the much reprinted works of the unfortunate Sir Thomas Overbury, whose murder in the Tower of London rocked the court of James I. His poem "The Wife," included here, which describes the qualities a man should seek in a bride, played no small part in his downfall when his best friend's lover, the powerful Frances Howard, interpreted it as a personal attack on her character. Also included in this collection is the series of poetical portraits "Characters", "The Remedy of Love," two other poems, and a biography of the author. The volume belonged to Gershon Legman, the great bibliographer of erotica, erotic folklore, and origami. Item #123925