Darwin family copy - Letters of Charles Lamb.


Darwin family copy - Letters of Charles Lamb.

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The Letters of Charles Lamb, with A Sketch of his Life. By Thomas Noon Talford. Two vols, first edition of the first life of Lamb, small 8vo, x,355 & 338p, ill, frontispiece, portrait, Edward Moxon, London, 1837.

Volume I frontispiece is an engraved portrait of Charles Lamb by Edward Smith from a painting by William Hazlitt; Volume II frontispiece is an engraved portrait by W.Finden from a drawing by E.Wageman. Navy half calf with marbled paper-covered sides, spine labels not present. Occasional slight spotting, but a good set. Both volumes bear the ownership signature of Charles Darwin's daughter Elizabeth (one dated 1864) and of his grandaughter Gwen Raverat (both dated 1926).

Elizabeth Darwin (1847-1926) was the sixth of ten Darwin children. She never married and lived her entire life with her parents until they died. When Emma died in 1896, Elizabeth occupied her own home in Cambridge near her brothers. The wood-engraver Gwen Raverat's father was the barrister George Darwin (1845-1912).

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