York: Printed by Thomas Wilson & Sons, for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme,and Brown [et al.], 1816. Stated third edition. 2 vols, 8vo, contemporary polished calf, gilt spines, brown morocco labels, 544 & 527 pages. Joints a bit cracked but sound; some pitting and cracking to the calf, since cleaned up somewhat with leather dressing (though a bit darkened); some light foxing; a very good copy. Item #17637
With the engraved bookplate on each front paste-down, “William F. Wickham, Virginia,” with W. F. Wickham’s name stenciled in ink to each title page; additionally, with the ink stenciled name of his brother E. F. Wickham (Edmund Fanning) on each title and at the head of the following page of each volume, and E. F. Wickham’s ownership signature dated October 19, 1818 on the front flyleaf of each volume, with the ink inscription below each, “to W. F. Wickham July 1819.” William Fanning Wickham was a Richmond lawyer when he married Ann Butler Carter (of the FFV Carters and a first cousin of Robert E. Lee) in December 1819; Carter’s father Robert gave the couple a gift of 500 acres at Hickory Hill in Ashland, Virginia and Wickham became a planter. Yankees evidently looted Hickory Hill while looking for Lee’s son Rooney Lee (who was convalescing at the plantation) though one is uncertain whether a set of polished calf schoolbooks were of much use.