Swinburne's Grace Darling, Thomas J. Wise Piracy

Swinburne, Algernon Charles, GRACE DARLING (London: Printed only for private circulation, 1893).  Pirated edition, 24.5 x 19.5cm [4to], in original buff boards w/gilt title to spine, [1-9; half-title, blank, titlepage, blank, limitation statement ("The impression of this book is limited to a few copies for private circulation only"), blank, text, blank, text] 10-20 [text], [21-24; printer's statement followed by 3 blanks], all enclosed within a fitted manila envelope.  Printed on watermarked "J Whatman 1891" handmade paper by Richard Clay & Sons Ltd., London & Bungay.  Binding Good (boards a bit soiled, & moderate wear to spine); contents Near-Fine.  Ashley VI 186-87.  (Inv. #1093)  C$500

    Provenance: From the library of Arthur B. Spingarn w/his Beardsley-esque bookplate (designed by Ruth Reeves) to fr. pastedown, & later from the Fountain Lawn Library of La Fayette Butler w/his labels to fr. pastedown & envelope; also w/the bookseller's ticket of Henry Sotheran & Co., London to fr. pastedown, & small label of Laurel Book Service, Hazelton PA to rear pastedown.

    Wise claimed that 30 copies were printed on paper & 3 on vellum; for further info see Barker & Collins's Sequel (1983), Dossier 233, where this pamphlet is identified as a "changling" ("piratically manufactured though probably not falsely dated").  In his "Story of a Lie: A Sequel to A Sequel," W.E. Fredeman summed up the controversy surrounding Wise's activities as a pirate & forger: "That none of Wise's honest bibliographer-contemporaries has received such attention is an ironic comment on the perennial fascination of roguery" (Review 7 [1985]: p.267).

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