London: Macmillan and Co., 1880. First Edition. Hardcover. Bookseller's ticket on the rear pastedown and on the front pastedown the small Fountain Lawn Library bookplate of coal baron La Fayette Butler, many of whose books were left untouched from the time of their purchase by him until their sale in the summer of 1999. Browning to endpapers with the rear endpaper lacking resulting in browning to the last text page. Slight fraying to the head of the spine. Near Fine and quite scarce. Item #018597
Stopford Augustus Brooke (14 November 1832 – 18 March 1916) was an Irish churchman, royal chaplain and writer. He was a correspondent of many famous writers of his time. In 1890-1 he took the lead in raising the funds to purchase Dove Cottage, William Wordsworth’s home in Grasmere from 1800 to 1808, and establishing it "for the eternal possession of those who love English poetry all over the world."