CROKER, THOMAS CROFTON. 1798-1854.
A Description of Rosamund's Bower, Fulham, distant three miles from Hyde Park Corner.... x, 32 pp. Engraved vignette on title; two wood-engraved plates. BOUND WITH: Meetings of the Noviomagian Society.Session 1844-5. , -65 pp. Wood-engraved plate and 1 text illustration. Engraved invitation for the next meeting bound in at end.
[London: privately printed]: 1843-. 4to (284 x 220 mm). Original red cloth gilt. Few spots internally, small tear to upper joint, else fine.
Provenance: SIR THOMAS PHILLIPPS (Middle Hill pressmark).
VERY RARE PRIVATE PRINTINGS, GENTLE PARODIES of antiquarians and learned societies, more subtle but of the same humor as Pickwick Papers. Croker, whom Sir Walter Scott described as, "little as a dwarf, keen-eyed as a hawk, and of easy, prepossessing manners," was an antiquarian himself and important chronicler of Irish folk traditions. These two pieces are a description of Croker's residence, in homage to Horace Walpole; and notes from the real, but facetious, "Society of Noviomagus." This latter is thought to have been printed in only 15 copies, for distribution to the members of the Society (Dobell). It is unknown if Phillipps was a member. Martin Privately Printed Books p 510.