Edinburgh: Printed for Private Circulation, 1837.
First Edition, one of 50 copies. Title printed in red and black. ix, [i], 144 pp. 4to. Bound in early "Roxburghe" roan back and red pebbled cloth boards. Light rubbing. Windle & Pippen B12. Item #306635
The "Roxburghe Revels" of the title refers to a manuscript detailing the extra-bibliophilic activities (i.e. eating and drinking) and literary pretensions of the Roxburghe Club. The Revels were compiled by member Joseph Haslewood (1769-1833) and were purchased for £40 at the sale of his library by the bookseller Thorpe who gave the manuscript to the editors of the Athenaeum. A series of virulent articles followed, attacking Haselwood and the Club. In this volume, Maidment reprints excerpts from the Athenaeum articles, a biography of Haselwood, and Haselwood's writings on early London theaters. Dibdin's Observations on the Attack on the late Joseph Haslewood appears on pp. 77-84.
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