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Fictional epitaphs for Robert Lemon

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Fictional epitaphs for Robert Lemon
25 June 1828 - 23 Feb. 1830
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Extent and format
Paper; 29 numbered items (with some unnumbered).
Original leather binding, black (rebacked, 1990), gilt-tooled; in a panel on the front cover the inscription 'Epitaphs...' quoted in Scope and Content.
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. 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.
Noviomagian Society (1828-1908)
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