Boston: Otis, Broaders and Company. Very Good. 1839. Hardcover. Former owner's name, scattered foxing, otherwise clean and tight in original brown cloth binding with gilt lettering at spines, cloth worn at spine ends. First American edition of poet laureate Robert Southey's life of William Cowper, William Cowper (1731 1800) was an English poet and hymnodist. One of the most popular poets of his time, Cowper changed the direction of 18th century nature poetry by writing of everyday life and scenes of the English countryside. A forerunner of Romantic poetry, Cowper was deemed "the best modern poet" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Former owner was J.H. Edmonds - John H. Edmonds was a native of Utica. After receiving his academic education he studied in the office of John Bradish and was admitted to practice in 1833. For some years longer he remained with Mr. Bradish, who acted as agent for attorneys throughout the State in the service of papers in the Supreme Court. In 1838 he became a partner of Charles A. Mann and so continued until the death of Mr. Mann in 1860. During this period he was several years master in chancery, the only official position he ever filled. He did not seek office, but his life was one of continuous labor. After the death of Mr. Mann he was associated with his son, James F. Mann, and with Addison C. Miller until 1871, when he retired. He died on April 1, 1881, leaving a widow, son, and daughter. . (Inventory #: 39572)
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