Item #38186 Mnemosyne. [Bound with]. The World's Young Days. A Legend of the Caucasus. [Bound with] Translation of 24th Book of the Iliad. John BIRD.

Mnemosyne. [Bound with]. The World's Young Days. A Legend of the Caucasus. [Bound with] Translation of 24th Book of the Iliad.

Pietermaritzburg. Davis & Sons. 1889 & 1891. Hardcover. 8vo. 23cm, 45,57 & iv,47 pp., prefatory note, poems, in full dark maroon calf, gilt ruled raised bands, full gilt decorations and borders in the panels, (no label as issued), gilt block title on the cover, wide gilt decorated borders on the boards, wide gilt decorated inner dentelles and matched marbled endpapers, Upper hinge expertly restored, inner linen hinge, all edges gilt, author's inscribed presentation copy to "My Own Dear Mary." a fine copy ~ A selection of poetry by prominent South African civil servant, John Bird (1815 1896). A very attractive book in fine morocco bindings. Mnemosyne, the Greek goddess of memory and remembrance, titles the first selection of Bird's poems. Inscribed by author to his daughter "To my own dear Mary, Christmas, 1891 with an old father's love and blessings, and every wish for her happiness and well being. J. Bird." A second inscription, dated Pietermaritzburg, Natal 1920, is by John Bird's daughter, Mary Mitchell, "To my nephew, John Bird, (my dear father's namesake) re echoing his good wishes of many years ago." Laid in is a two page translation "Horace. Book IV; Ode 7" by Chr. Ths. Bird (Capt. H.M. 55th Regt 1831). Item #38186

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