A Victorian volume of poetry, perhaps rather moralistic and obsequious to the modern reader. Bound in dark green cloth with a heavily embossed design to front and rear boards, the corners and edges are slightly bumped and a little scuffed. A vignette on the front and the entire length of the spine are decorated in a charming wildflower design in gilt. The front free end paper is missing, the webbing of the spine is exposed at front and back but the boards remain attached to the block. End papers are lightly toned but all text is clear and there are bold decorative flourishes at start and end of each poem. Text block edges are bright gilt.
Examples of the poems within: Devonia's Dirge on the Death of H. R. H. The Prince Consort; To a Friend, (On receiving a Nosegay); The Hartley Colliery; To Sir Stafford H. Northcote, Bart., C. B., M. P.; and To Shakspeare.
The book is "Dedicated, with Permission, TO SIR STAFFORD H. NORTHCOTE, BART., C. B., M. P."