London: Charles Gilpin, 1849. [Travel Memoirs] FIRST EDITION, an association copy. Octavo (22 x 15cm), pp. xii; 370 . With eight engraved plates, including a frontispiece, after drawings by the author, six being hand-coloured, each with a tissue guard. Pencil note to verso of fly-leaf stating: 'Wm. Bevan - my father - "little Billy" in | poem, brother of author. | Mary F.A. Crewdson | (nee Bevan).' Contemporary tan half calf with raised bands, gilt titles to green label, gilt decoration to spine, and red cloth over boards. All edges gilt; yellow-coated endpapers. Small black ink ownership to first blank. Small ex libris sticker of James J. Robertson, University of Dundee, to verso of fly-leaf, dated 1991. Gently toned throughout with a light tobacco scent. Quite heavy wear to binding, with split joints and attendant repairs. Corners heavily rubbed and bumped. Extensive re-colouring to leather. Good. Memoirs of a three year trip which happened to the author more or less by accident. It contains the first appearance of William Thackeray's poem 'Little Billee' here 'The Three Sailors.' The humorous ballad is purported to be inspired by Bevan's brother William, whose daughter seems to have owned this copy. Item #57395
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