Poems and Essays, By the Late Miss Bowdler. The Tenth Edition. Published for the Benefit of the General Hospital at Bath
Jackson, Romantic Poetry by Women, page 35; ESTC T54277
by [BOWDLER, JANE]
Bath: Printed by R. Crutwell, 1798, 1798. Tenth edition, but a considerably different book physically than any of the previous editions, and textually somewhat different. Jackson, Romantic Poetry by Women, page 35; ESTC T54277. Edges a little rubbed; some light foxing; fine, large copy.. Large 4to, contemporary calf skillfully rebacked to style, gilt decorated and lettered spine. Frontis portrait. Bound without the half-title. Jane Bowdler, sister of notorious Shakespeare editor Thomas Bowdler, wrote essays and poems during her later years, which she passed as an invalid. This selection of her writings, most probably edited by her Bluestocking sister Henrietta Bowdler, was published to benefit a local Bath hospital. It enjoyed enormous success, going through 16 Bath editions by 1830, as well as London, Dublin and New York editions. This tenth edition is the first one to contain a portrait, dated January 1, 1798; it has an additional essay and preface; and it is published in a large quarto format, whereas the previous nine edition were published in octavo. This copy measures 31.5 x 25 cm. Armorial bookplate of Edward Miller Mundy on the front paste-down, with his signature on the verso of the front free endpaper. (Inventory #: 27057)
English & American Literature, Americana, First Editions, Bibliography
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