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Noviomagian Society. Fictional epitaph for Robert Lemon

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Noviomagian Society. Fictional epitaph for Robert Lemon
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Paper; 29 numbered items (with some unnumbered). Folio. Original leather binding, black (rebacked, 1990), gilt-tooled; in a panel on the front cover the inscription 'Epitaphs ...' quoted above
Scope and content
Epitaphs to the Memory of Robert Lemon Esq. F. S. A., Late Treasurer of the Noviomagian Society 1829' (inscription on the original binding). Papers relating to an elaborate fiction that the Treasurer, Robert Lemon, senior (1779-1835), had been murdered, his treasure stolen, recovered and used, on the direction of Robert 'Melon', to provide a prize for the best epitaph; 25 June 1828-23 Feb. 1830. Contents include letters, poems, drawings, some coloured, and a printed advertisement for the owner of the treasure. The last item is a poem 'On the return from Hell of Mr Treasurer Lemon' by H. B. (of the Temple), 23 Feb. 1830. The Noviomagian Society was founded in 1828 by A. J. Kempe and Thomas Crofton Croker as a convivial society of fellows of SA (see Evans (1956), 231, 361). Two volumes of proceedings of the society and miscellaneous papers are in the library of the Wellcome Institute of Medicine (MSS 5305-7; typed description in SA MS Register). Photocopies of Noviomagian newsletters, 1855, 1858, 1861, and extracts relating to 1891, are kept with the present MS. See further, for the Noviomagian Society, Charles Roach Smith, Retrospections, I (1883), passim, and Appendix 307-8; A.J., 27 (1947), 183-5 (the Noviomagians' chair).
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