Royston Winter Recreations in the Days of Queen Anne
Translated into Spenserian stanza by
Rev W W Harvey
From a contemporary Latin poem by
T Wright, MA, Physician
Longmans, Green, and Co, London, 1873.
Hardback; 145 x 190 mm; red decorative boards with titles in gold on spine and front cover; 125 pages, all edges gilt; illustrated. No dust jacket.
The book is in fair condition. Some wear to the covers, particularly the corners, spine ends, and joints. The back endpapers have separated along the gutter revealing the backstrip. Some cracking along the gutter of the front endpapers. The frontispiece is partially detached. Signature pages 109-116 is loose. Minor annotation in ink “Eliot” on the verso of the front free endpaper.
“The hibernation of the elite of Royston in the reign of Queen Anne forms the subject of a contemporaneous Latin poem, of which a translation is now given by the request of present residents in that town. The poem extends over 800 hexameter lines; the ideas contained in them have been condensed as closely as is consistent with fidelity. The occasion seems favorable for noticing the many points of antiquarian interest which abound in the locality; some pages of notes have been added….”