Publisher: [N.p., circa 1828].
Condition: In very good condition, enclosed in a quarter morocco chemise.
Book ID: 26999
DescriptionFour stanzas of six lines each, one page, 25 x 14 cm, written in ink on the recto of a sheet that is laid down on the verso of a lithographed portrait of a woman. An explanatory note about the poem in a contemporary hand is tipped to the top margin of the manuscript.
CommentsA jovial poem written by poet Bernard Barton (1784-1849) to his friend Charles Lamb on the occasion of his presenting Lamb with his recent book, A New Year's Eve and Other Poems (Hatchard, 1828): "My friend, I send thee here a book / on which I doubt thy taste will look / With half a condemning eye: Its frontispiece! and dedication! / And, worthier if vituperation, Friend Martin's Eulogy!" Friend Martin is a reference to the artist John Martin, who executed the engravings for this work. The poem ends with the lines: "And differ as in taste we may / Believe me to remain always / Thy faithful friend - B. Barton." Recent provenance: Halsted B. Vander Poel, Christie's 2004, lot 104; and Robert S. Pirie, Sotheby's 2015, lot 994.