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Evanus the Song-Smith - Rhymes from a Rhyming Forge - Signed First Edition

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THE SONG-SMITH, Evanus [pseudonym of Evan M. Boddy (1847-1935)].

Rhymes from a Rhyming Forge.

Birmingham: Cornish Brothers, 1897.

SIGNED FIRST EDITION. Octavo (17 x 12cm), pp.viii; 163; [5].Publisher's green cloth, titles in gilt to spine and upper. Fore and tail edges untrimmed. Signed twice by the author to the title page, with press clippings pasted in to blanks annotated in the same hand.

Photograph pasted to pastedown with a letter pasted to the flyleaf, note about the book's presentation from the author to the first blank, letter to the author thanking him for the book in the same hand pasted to rear pastedown, facing a pasted in Victorian Christmas Card. Internally fine, dustiness to edges, binding rather marked and darkened. Very good.

Evan M. Boddy was a longstanding Birmingham surgeon, a nicely produced provincial poetry collection.