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Título: Manuscript Satirical Poem headed "On reading...
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Año de publicación: 1820
Single sheet, 4to., manuscript heading followed by three verses of 4 lines each, written in one hand, one side. A humorous satirical poem on supposedly seeing the inscription on the tomb (or monument) erected at Waterloo where was buried the leg which was amputated from Henry William Paget (1768-1854), later Marquis of Anglesea after his being injured at the Battle of Waterloo. We have established that the first two verses along with the heading were published in the "Mirror of Literature" Vol.2. (1823) with minor variations, but not with the third verse which reads:- "The worst of all Fruits as the Gardener's declare is a graft of Old Wood on a Bergami Pear" This is a subtle verse with indirect allusions to the supposed affair of Queen Caroline with the Napolese Gardener Bergami and her "Pair of Legs". The ommission of the third verse from the later printed version for political reasons would indicate that this is either the original or an early contemporary copy. An unusual item. N° de ref. de la librería 15510
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