Rythms from my Scrap Book: Printed and Sold for the benefit of the Patriotic Fund. William Atkinson GARDNER.
Rythms from my Scrap Book: Printed and Sold for the benefit of the Patriotic Fund.
Rythms from my Scrap Book: Printed and Sold for the benefit of the Patriotic Fund.

Rythms from my Scrap Book…
Rythms from my Scrap Book: Printed and Sold for the benefit of the Patriotic Fund.

Launceston: Cornwall Chronicle, 1855.

Small octavo, 114 pp., single page "In Memoriam" bound in, early newspaper report of Gardner's death pasted to a blank, some significant toning; a charming copy in full pebble-grained green morocco, gilt.

Poems for the Crimean War

Very scarce: a Launceston-published anthology of poetry by William Atkinson Gardner, Member of the Legislative Council for the County of Cornwall (around Launceston). Gardner notes: 'These rythms are not on martial subjects… but as paper is made from rags, it is hoped that the produce of these papers may be issued forth in lint to the wounded of the Crimea' (Preface, dated May 1855).

Very scarce: a Launceston-published anthology of poetry by William Atkinson Gardner, Member of the Legislative Council for the County of Cornwall (around Launceston). Gardner notes: 'These rythms are not on martial subjects… but as paper is made from rags, it is hoped that the produce of these papers may be issued forth in lint to the wounded of the Crimea' (Preface, dated May 1855).
The poetry certainly has its charms (such as the oddly satisfying rhyme of "fiendish mutter" with "dear voice utter"). Of some utility is Gardner's habit of publishing the date of composition, the earliest having been written in Paris in 1835. There is a poem to his wife, and another to his eldest child Jessie, as well as more substantial odes such as "The Emigrant's Song" and "Hymn to Australia" ('… Borne on the southern gale…'), as well as a series of translations from the German.
The single-page obituary notice bound in gives a few biographical details of Gardner which can be added to those gleaned from the poems. There is also an interesting note: 'his last days having been spent in correcting the proof sheets… he closed his work, while lying on that bed of sickness from which he never rose…'. Given that the present copy has several corrections in pencil, notably the addition of a new version of one stanza of the first poem, it is quite possible that this copy was revised by Gardner himself on his sickbed.

not in Ferguson.

Price (AUD): $1,200.00  other currencies     Ref: #4107025

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