[ Printed. ] Fly Leaves; Or, Scraps and Sketches, Literary, Bibliographical and Miscellaneous [...] [ With 'Cheap Books, for Ready Money, selected from the Stock of John Miller, Bookseller, and now on Sale, at 43, Chandos Street, Trafalgar Square.' ]

[ Edward Francis Rimbault (1816-1876); John Miller, London bookseller ]
Publication details: 
London: John Miller, 43, Chandos Street, Trafalgar Square. 1854. [ Publisher's catalogue undated. ]
SKU: 18887

(The book is anonymous, but Rimbault is generally accepted to have been the author.) x + 189 + 32pp., 12mo. A 32-page publisher's catalogue is bound in at the end. In publisher's blind-tooled black ribbed cloth, with gilt spine. Advertisements printed on endpapers. Tight copy on lightly-aged paper, in worn binding with damage to hinges. Ownership inscription on half-title. Subtitle reads: '[...] Consisting of Notes on Antiquarian and Historical Subjects, Collections towards neglected Biography, Memorials of Old London, Choice Specimens of Ancient Poetry, chiefly from unpublished MSS., Scraps and Sketches, curious and interesting, with numerous Bibliographical Notices, etc., etc.' Initial publisher's 'Notice': 'The Publisher of the London Librarian having determined on adding something of a literary relief to his monthly lists of second-hand books, was kindly assisted by a friendly hand with the following collections. These having fulfilled their original purpose, he now again presents, in a new form; and on independent grounds ventures to solicit the favourable suffrages of the public.' Rimbault was an extraordinary man, as his entry in the Oxford DNB attests, and the present collection reflects his wide range of interests, with the articles arranged under the following headings: 'Essays, Notes, &c.', 'Neglected Biography', 'Memorials of Old London', 'Bibliographical Notices', 'Specimens of Ancient Poetry', 'Scraps and Sketches'.