From the Aldine British Poets series, The Poetical Works of Thomas Parnell, with a fore-edge painting of Dublin, Ireland.
Twelvemo, vi, , xxxii, 78pp, , 185pp, , [16pp ads]. Full dark blue morocco, ornate gilt design within a double gilt-ruled border on covers. Title stamped in gilt on spine, with decorative gilt compartments. Pale yellow endpapers with gilt turn-ins. All edges gilt. Contains frontispiece portrait by H. Robinson with offsetting to title page. Light soiling to endpapers. Bookplate of Philip Greely Brown on front pastedown with label remnant at upper corner. Front cover slightly bowed. Board edges and joints rubbed. Solid binding, endpapers cracked at hinges, front joint separating but still holding. Features a lovely fore-edge painting of Dublin from Phoenix Park, with a view of Wellington Monument and Sarahs Bridge (now Island Bridge) over the River Liffey.
Philip Greely Brown (1885-1934) was identified with the banking and real estate business in Portland, Maine. According to the Portland Evening Express of December 19, 1934: “Despite the many responsibilities of his business associations, Mr. Brown was a genuine book lover and had acquired an exceptionally large and valuable private library. He was long a trustee and president of the Portland Public Library and its vast and valuable stock reached its present proportions in recent years to a considerable degree under his personal supervision.” In October 1935, a year following Brown’s death, his large library of first editions and other works was sold by American Art Association, Anderson Galleries, Inc. of New York. This book was listed among the items offered in that sale.