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    William Wordsworth. The White Doe of Rylstone; or the Fate of the Nortons, A Poem. London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown by James Ballantyne and Co., Edinburgh. 1815.

    Quarto. 162 pages. Engraved frontispiece by J.C. Bromley.

    Half vellum over brown paper boards. Originally composed in 1807, this narrative poem was inspired by the scenery surrounding Bolton Priory, in Yorkshire. Following a lukewarm initial reception at private readings, Wordsworth withheld it from publication for seven years, then substantially revised the work and published it in 1815. This volume shows considerable wear, with significant vellum loss on spine and boards. Corners are worn and bumped; board edges are significantly worn. Front cover is almost entirely separated from spine. Soiled and worn overall. Bookplate of former owner on initial pastedown. Textblock bears occasional light to moderate foxing, but is generally near fine. A wonderful piece in need of some tender loving care!

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