Publisher: London: Printed for G. Sael, 1796.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Jackson, Romantic Poetry by Women, page 294; NCBEL II, 682.
Condition: First and final leaves a little browned; very good copy.
Book ID: 27356
Description4to, later brown paper wrappers, 48 pages. Aquatint vignette on the title-page. Without the half-title.
CommentsSix poems, a dramatic dialogue and six sonnets. The title poem, "Llangollen Vale," is dedicated to "The Right Honorable Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Ponsonby," better known as the "Ladies of Llangollen," who scandalously left their upper-class surroundings to live together in seclusion at Llangollen Vale. Their courage in the face of near universal disdain is celebrated here by Seward, also an unmarried woman, as it was by poet Mary Tighe. Seward visited the Ladies of Llangollen in 1795, and their home in Wales eventually became an attraction for the progressive literati.