Sm. London: Edward Moxon, 1844. Sm. 8vo, iv, 157, (2, ads)pp. Original green cloth, backstrip darkened. First edition of Patmore’s first book, very scarce in original cloth as issued. “Patmore, distressed at its reception, bought up the remainder of the edition and destroyed it. What upset him most was a cruel review in Blackwood's Magazine; but the enthusiasm of his friends, together with their more constructive criticism, helped foster his talent. The publication of this volume bore immediate fruit by causing its author to be introduced to various men of letters, including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, through whom Patmore became known to William Holman Hunt, and was thus drawn into the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, contributing his poem "The Seasons" to The Germ.” The Patmore family copy, inscribed: “Derek Patmore own copy. The first published poems of Coventry Patmore, very rare, and I used this copy in preparing my Life & Times of Coventry Patmore (Constable 1949).” Also loosely inserted are two very personal and chatty letters from Coventry Patmore to a Mrs. Garnett dated 1/27/72 and July (?) 24 (no year). Ximenes notes of his copy: “ Patmore published nothing further for another nine years, but he was in time to become one of the most widely-read Victorian poets. A few copies have an errata slip, but there is none present here. A scarce title.... Hayward 263; CBEL III, 487.” (Inventory #: 107334)
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