[Harting, Petersfield, Hampshire: The Pear Tree Press, 1905]. Published in a small edition, though the exact number of copes is unknown. This is a presentation copy from the compiler. Title page printed in green and red; colophon printed in red. Illustrated with small green vignettes. Binding extremities lightly rubbed and cloth is slightly toned and soiled. Some light offsetting. Inscribed by Eliza Macloghlin on a preliminary blank. A signed and dated letter from Eliza Macloghlin on Pear Tree Press letterhead and several poems by her printed by the Pear Tree Press in green and black, some with decorative green borders and vignettes and one ("In Memoriam") with an initial gold letter, laid in. Pages untrimmed. A good copy of a handsome work. Beige cloth stamped decoratively and lettered in gilt. Pictorial endpapers in green, red, white and pink. Quarto. [iv], 61, [+1, colophon] pp. Item #17068
Edward Percy Plantagenet Macloghlin (1855-1904) was a general practitioner from Lancashire, noted as a free-thinker and prominent atheist. His wife Eliza Macloghlin (1863-1928) wrote the introduction to his work Poetry, noting that it was not published for criticism, but instead to serve as a memorial for her late husband. She states that "the writing of beautiful, sad poetry made music for him" and that "every line is sacred and precious" given his death. In addition to the book of verse, his widow also commissioned a sculpture in honor of his passing, which stands in the entrance hall at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
The Pear Tree Press was founded by James J. Guthrie in 1899 while he was living at Pear Tree Cottage in Ingrave, Essex, England. Guthrie was an artist, typographer, and printer interested in intaglio printing. He moved the press to Shorne in Kent, then Harting in Sussex, before settling at Flansham, near Bognor Regis, Sussex in 1907. The first book issued by the Pear Tree Press featured the poems of Edgar Allan Poe, illustrated by Guthrie. OCLC lists eight copies in North America and three in the U.K.