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Ionica, William Johnson Cory 1891, first edition

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Ionica, by William Johnson Cory (uncredited). The author was known as William Johnson until 1872, when he assumed the surname Cory.


A classic collection of poetry by Eton schoolmaster, William Johnson/Cory. This is the first collected edition of his poems previously published in 1858 and 1877.

Published by George Allen, London and Orpington, 1891. First edition. Printed by Hazell, Watson & Viney Ltd, London and Aylesbury.

A good blue green cloth hardback of this scarce edition, with gilt title to spine. Cover a little soiled and worn. First pastedown carries booksellers notes in pencil and previous owner's signature (L.S. Wood, 1920) in coloured pencil. The first free endpaper carries a small article about Ionica pasted down on the left edge, and an ink signature of former owner C S Pemberton in ink (1890). Last pastedown also contains some numerical pencil notes written on inside cover.

With bound-in erratum slip, as issued, on contents page. One underline and a few pencil notes to contents pages. Otherwise, text nice and clean throughout. Small corner tear of around 1cm x 5cm on last page. An uncommon book.

vi + 209pp.

Dimensions: Approximately 178mm x 116mm x 19mm.

Weight approximately 288g unpacked.