[ A 'particularly scarce' Lewis Carroll pamphlet. ] Separate printing of 'Fame's Penny-Trumpet. | Afectionately dedicated to all "original researchers" who pant for "endowment."'

Author: 
'An Unendowed Researcher' [ i.e. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), 'Lewis Carroll' ]
Publication details: 
First page headed: '[NOT PUBLISHED.]' Dated at end 'July, 1876.'
£6,000.00
SKU: 19502

50 printed re. Carroll's Diary. 3pp., 4to. Paginated 1-3. On a bifolium of Superfine laid paper. Lightly aged and creased; folded twice (central horizontal and vertical folds); the printed pages in good condition, the blank reverse of the second leaf grubby and stained at foot. First page headed: '[NOT PUBLISHED.] | FAME'S PENNY-TRUMPET. | Affectionately dedicated to all “original researchers” who pant for “endowment.”' Thirteen four-line stanzas. First stanza reads: 'Blow, blow your trumpets till they crack, | Ye little men of little souls! | And bid them huddle at your back - | Gold-sucking leeches, shoals on shoals!' A defence of learning for learning's sake, and attack on 'professional' academics (the modern equivalent would be chasers after grants and sponsorship), also containing a dig at vivisectionists 'Who preach of Virtue – plead with tears | That Love and Mercy should abound – | While marking with complacent ears | The moaning of some tortured hound.' (There follows a reference to 'self-made germs' and 'close-shut flasks of sodden hay'.) has docketed the reverse of the second leaf 'Fame's Penny trumpet | (C. L. D)'. This private printing of the poem followed its rejection by the Pall Mall Gazette. The poem was reprinted in the 1883 collection 'Rhyme? And Reaso?' , with an illustration by Arthur Burdett Frost. A scarce piece of Lewis Carroll ephemera: in 1956 the Princeton Library included this item in a collection of 'really striking' and 'particularly rare' acquisitions.