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Box, Charles.
Elegies and Epitaphs: A Comprehensive Review of the Origin, Design, and Character of Monumental Inscriptions and of other Necrological Literature, whether in the form of elegiac verse or less ambitious prose...

Gloucester H. Osborne: 1892.

"To which are appended fully 300 epitaphs or mottoes, classified to suit the exigencies of different times of life also, dissertations upon ancient and modern cemeteries and disused burial-grounds, &c., elegies and epitaphs of celebrated persons, Latin and musical epitaphs, &c." A posthumously published collection which was meant to educate and inspire Victorian readers to sit up straight and mend their ways. Box found "amusing" books on epitaphs in poor taste, and decries the current state of funereal and epitaphic art a "disgrace". Although Box's attitude often has a distinct whiff of the 'higher-than-thou' about it, he also offers a wealth of interesting detail in the chapters about the history and current state of cemeteries, epitaphs and elegies. His attitude also makes his observations all the more interesting and pointed. All in all, an entertaining and informative piece of Victorian historicism and bluster. Uncommon.

Hardcover. 7.5"x10", x + 299 pages. Publisher's maroon cloth with gilt and black rules and decorations covers a bit soiled, spine faded and lightly spotted binding dry contents clean and nice.

Inventory #: 9561
Price: $ 300.00      

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