Publisher: London: Printed at the Oriental Press for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1802.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Jackson, Romantic Poetry by Women, 16a.
Condition: Some light foxing, but overall a fine, handsome copy.
Book ID: 28017
Description8vo, modern quarter calf period style, original blue paper boards, cream leather spine label, gilt rules and lettering, untrimmed. Half-title present.
CommentsAn anthology of almost 100 poems, compiled by Maria Riddell (1772-1808), a young Scottish woman who grew up in the Leeward Islands, which she wrote about in her only other published work, Voyages to the Madeira, and Leeward Isles (1792). Metrical Miscellany is comprised of poems by friends and acquaintances, all apparently unpublished. It includes nearly 20 poems by Ms. Riddell, and ones by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, and members of the Roscoe family, et al. Riddell had been a friend of Robert Burns, who assisted her in getting her Voyages published, but a few years later their friendship was strained over an incident involving his drunken behavior. For some time Riddell refused Burns' apologies, and he resentfully responded with a “Complimentary Epigram on Maria Riddell” and later a “Monody on a Lady Famed for Her Caprice.” There were also poems by others about Burns and Riddell. See J. DeLancey Ferguson, “Robert Burns and Maria Riddell,” in Modern Philology, vol. 28, no. 2, and The Burns Encyclopedia by Maurice Lindsay (1959).