Poems on Various Occasions. CHARLOTTE ELIZABETH SANDERS.

Poems on Various Occasions.

Publisher: London: Printed at the Logographic Press, and sold by Messrs. Wilkie, [1787].
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Jackson, Romantic Poetry by Women, Sanders 1; ESTC records two copies (Yale and Huntington), to which OCLC and COPAC add BL.
Condition: Frontis lightly foxed; fine copy.
Book ID: 26324


12mo, period-style tan paper spine and marbled boards by Philip Dusel, untrimmed. Frontis. Eight-page list of subscribers.


The first book by Charlotte Sanders, who went on to write children's fiction, notably The Little Family, published in 1797, and Edmund, a Tale for Children, in 1802, but little else about her appears to be known. This substantial collection of 70 poems is quite polished. Most are domestic in theme, but several show a passionate awareness of poverty and social injustice. There are also four poems written to or about author and philanthropist Jonas Hanway (1712-1786), apparently a family friend. And there is a poem on at least one other notable subject: “On Reading an Advertisement of a New Invented Method to Walk in the Air”: "No more Balloons then, th’ air-brain’d traveller’s praise, / But new form’d projects, admiration raise, / Childhood hath playthings, hath not manhood too? . . ."

Price: $4,500.00