CASWELL

[Frances Ridley Havergal, hymn writer.] Printed handbill poem titled 'Consecration Hymn. | "Yea, let Him take ALL." | 2 Samuel, xix. 20.', beginning 'Take my life, and let it be | Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.' Inscribed to Welsh writer Jane Williams.

Author: 
Frances Ridley Havergal (1836-1879), English religious poem and hymn writer [Jane Williams [Jane Williams Ysgafell] (1806-1885), Welsh author]
Publication details: 
C. Caswell, 135, Broad-street, Birmingham. Undated, but dated in Havergal's inscription 19 January 1876.
£280.00

2pp., 12mo. Aged, creased and worn. This would appear to be the first printing of Havergal's best-known hymn. The poem is printed on one side, within a decorative border, and with the title in fancy type. Printer's slug at foot of page beneath border. The reverse is filled with biblical texts, under the heading 'Consecration.' Within the a similar border, beneath which: '25 copies, post-free 4d.' Havergal's inscription is at the head of the page bearing the poem: 'J. W. | From F. R. H. Jany 19, 1876.' No other copy traced, either on COPAC or WorldCat. From the Jane Williams papers.

Autograph Letter Signed from the American critic and biographer Eugene Parsons to C. J. Caswell,

Author: 
Eugene Parsons (1855-1933), American author and critic, biographer of George Washington and editor of Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Publication details: 
3612 Stanton Avenue, Chicago. 21 November 189<2>.
£120.00

4pp., 12mo. Worn and stained on four leaves with wear to extremities resulting in slight loss of text, and with at least one leaf lacking. Parsons begins by informing Caswell that he is sending him a copy of the Examiner containing his article on 'Tennyson's Literary Career': 'It was sent to the Editor only a few days after the poet's death when I knew nothing about the title or contents of the new book of poems.' He discusses his plans to insert the article when he republishes his pamphlet (Parsons' 'Tennyson's Life and Poetry' appeared in 1892, with a revised edition the following year).

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