Charming early 19th Century Book: The English Garden. Charles Kingsley’s copy (Father of The Water-Babies author??)
MASON, William. (1725-97). The English Garden: A Poem. In Four Books. Portrait frontispiece of Rev. W. Mason. (No half title, light spotting/foxing throughout, pages lightly browned). Contemporary red half calf (upper board detached including front-end paper, part of backstrip (spine cover) detached, calf and boards worn). 8vo. London: M. Jones, 1812.
Provenance: Charles Kingsley (Bookplate to front pastedown). Mary Kingsley (signature to title page). Please note that the signature probably pertains to the wife of the Rev. Charles Kingsley: Mary Lucas Kingsley and not traveller and scientist Mary Kingsley (1862-1900). The Charles Kingsley in question is possibly the father (Rev. Charles Kingsley husband to Mary Lucas Kingsley) of the author Charles Kingsley (The Water-Babies).
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