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The Gretna-Green Bolt-a

The Gretna-Green Bolt-a by Arthur O'Bradley (1853)
Author: Arthur O'Bradley
Title: The Gretna-Green Bolt-a, or Young Ladies' Man-ual
Year: 1853
Publisher: Rudolph Ackermann And Galignani and Co
Place: London and Paris
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: Yes
Price: £50
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[lithographic frontispiece] [2] pp 3-69 [lacking pp 5-8] A presentation copy of this humorous, illustrated volume tentatively ascribed to 1853 from evidence in the text. Ackermann's unknown editor has written on the title page: 'F Margetts' Esq - with the Editor's Compliments'. A similar inscription appears on the British Library copy and there follows through this example of the volume a pattern of annotation and correction similar to that recorded in the British Library copy with textual corrections in the same hand at pages 32, 33, 43, 47, 52, 63. Also written in brown pen there are numbers next to a few early verses and a wavy brown line in the margin top and bottom. Clearly this example of the book has the author's direct approval - and slightly apologetic amendments. Unfortunately the sewing has deteriorated leading to the loss of two leaves early in the book (pp 5-8), and the first gathering has become detached from the binding. The hand coloured lithographic frontispiece is present with its duplicate on the front board as called for, though discoloured. The book is in entirely unrestored state, found in its original quarter leather binding over textured cloth boards. The spine is worn with part of the leather backstrip missing.
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