Publisher: London: T. and J. Allman; and C. and J. Oliver, 1822.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: NCBEL III, 406.
Condition: Lacking the front free endpaper; paper spine and edges repaired; very good copy, enclosed in a quarter morocco clamshell box.
Book ID: 27200
Description12mo, original tan paper spine, blue paper boards and printed paper label, untrimmed.
CommentsThe rare first book by Charles Jeremiah Wells (1800?-1879), a collection of 19 stories published privately at his expense. They show the strong influence of John Keats, Wells' friend and whose literary style he emulated. This work, as well as Wells' second and last book, Joseph and His Brethren (1824), were almost completely ignored during his lifetime, and it was not until decades after he had given up writing, that Swinburne, Forman, Gosse, Linton and others tried to rejuvenate interest in his writings by reprinting the two works. Gosse described Stories from Nature as "a curious little volume of brocaded prose." Stories from Nature is rare in institutions and the trade. OCLC records nine copies and only one copy is recorded at auction in American Book Prices Current in the last 100 years: this one.