This poetry collection was privately printed posthumously by the poet's family as a tribute to the lesser-known side of life of its author, whose career had been spent firstly as Assistant Keeper, Medieval Manuscripts at the British Museum, and then as Professor of Palaeography at University of London. As well as his professional writings, from about 1978 he wrote poems revealing his more personal convictions and concerns, one of which ('In Memory of a Gardener) was published in "Encounter" (June 1988).
Thomas Julian Brown (1927-1987) was an expert in early manuscripts of the British Isles, particularly those of the period from 500 - 900 C.E. Educated at Westminster and Oxford (his degree being completed after service in the army during WWII), he entered the British Museum Department of Manuscripts in 1950, remaining there for 10 years until he was appointed to the Chair of Palaeography at University of London on the retirement of the incumbent. He wrote many learned and seminal books and papers on early manuscripts, as well as commentaries on well-known texts such as the Lindisfarne Gospels and the Book of Kells. His poems were unknown to the world until published posthumously by his family in a privately-printed limited edition of 200 copies.
Our book is in excellent condition, bound in bright brown cloth (no jacket as issued), protected by a clear plastic cover which is slightly damaged at the top of the spine and bottom L/H corner at the back. Almost no signs of external wear otherwise, and inside the binding is firm and all pages clean and bright. Paper title label on the spine. It is particularly of interest in containing, first, a printed extract from the Proceedings of the British Academy (1989) entitled 'Memoir of Thomas Julian Brown' and including a photo of the subject, together with a covering letter addressed to 'Michael' by Sanchia Brown (?his widow?); secondly, a copy of the thanksgiving service held at King's College Chapel in March 1987; a personal memoir from Michelle P Brown (no relation, apparently), but a postgraduate research student); Beautifully printed by Sebastian Carter at the Rampant Lions Press in Cambridge and produced on Zerkall mould-made paper, set in Monotype Fournier by Monoset Ltd with headings in Hunt Roman, and bound by The Fine Bindery in Wellingborough.