Place and Imprint: York: Printed by W. Blanchard and sold by R. Faulder, London, [etc.], 1791.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: ESTC T68679; Jackson, Romantic Poetry by Women, page 365; NCBEL III, 772.
Condition: Paper flaw in one leaf, not seriously affecting the text; fine copy.
Book ID: 27398
Physical Description8vo, recent brown quarter morocco by Philip Dusel, marbled paper boards, dark green morocco label, gilt rules and lettering. Five-page list of subscribers. Without the half title or initial blank; terminal leaf with advertisements present.
CommentsThe scarce third book by poet and novelist Jane West (1758-1852) - and her first substantial book - which brings together 22 poems with the play "Edmund, Surnamed Ironside," an historical drama about English King Edmund II, a.k.a. Edmund Ironside. The poems are West's most accomplished to date. They include four poetic tributes to fellow women writers and poets Elizabeth Carter, Charlotte Smith, Anna Seward and Sarah Trimmer, and a nine-page poem on George Keate's account of the Pelew Islands. Contemporary ink signature of "Mary . . . 179 . . ." in the top margin of the title, but shamefully trimmed by an earlier binder.