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Letters Addressed to a Young Gentleman [annotated]

 
Letters Addressed to a Young Gentleman [annotated] by DAVY, Charles (1797)

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Author: DAVY, Charles
Title: Letters Addressed Chiefly to a Young Gentleman [annotated]
 
Year: 1797
Publisher: Printed for the Author by J Rackham
Place: Bury St Edmunds
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: No
 
Price: £300
 
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xii, pp 423 [3] [musical notation] Annotated and corrected presentation copy of the first (only) of two volumes of letters by the Suffolk cleric, Charles Davy, sometime student of Edward Stillingfleet, presented by - and annotated by - the author with a note to 'Miss Bowler' about a 'brace of pheasant' from Norfolk and details of the presentation of this volume. Bound in contemporary tree calf, spine renewed with new morocco label, some browning and foxing to text, very good condition. The oblong note from Davy has been laid down opposite the title page and is written in the third person running to around 170 words. In it he explains, rather pompously, his gratitude for the birds 'sent at her desire or by her order to him from some part of Norfolk; as likewise for a hare and a Pheasant from her seat n Berkshire' before proceeding to the presentation of this book 'of his letters' sent to North Aston 'which he requests Miss Bowles [daughter of Oldfield Bowles] will present to [her fiance and master of North Aston Hall] Mr Palmer with her own hand to give them a value.' Davy apologises for having blotted this copy through making corrections 'with his own hand'. The note dates from 'Onehouse Dec.r 16th 1790'. Davy's emendations appear at pages 103, 140, 165, 248, 275, 278, 282. The most significant annotations appear as an extension of the printed 'Table of Errors' and opposite are Davy's proposed translations of two Latin passages in the text by Claudian and Ovid. Charles Davy was born in Norwich in 1722, educated at Caius College, Cambridge receiving his BA in 1742 and MA in 1748. He also studied music which is an interest much in evidence in these essayistic letters. He became deacon in 1744 and priest in 1747 before being appointed rector of Topcroft in Norfolk in 1764, Benacre in Suffolk in 1766 and ten years later he became rector of Onehouse, where he remained until his death in 1797. The East Anglian setting of his life is much in evidence from the imprint and annotation to this volume.
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