Publisher: Lichfield: Printed and Sold by J. Jackson, for the Author; Sold also by Robinson, Cadell and Evans, [et al.], 1781.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Sabin 79477; Adams, American Controversy, 81-65a; Jackson, Romantic Poetry by Women, page 291; NCBEL II, 682.
Condition: Fine copy.
Book ID: 28144
Description4to, recent dark red quarter morocco and marbled paper boards period style by Philip Dusel, gilt lettering.
CommentsThe second published work by poet and writer Anna Seward (1742-1809), a.k.a. the Swan of Lichfield, following closely her monody on Captain Cook. In her 28-page elegy on Major John Andrè (1750-1780), she laments his hanging as a spy by the contemptible Americans and in particular George Washington: "Remorseless Washington! the day shall come / Of deep repentance for this barb'rous doom! / When injur'd Andrè's memory shall inspire / A kindling Army with restless fire." Seward was personally acquainted with John Andrè, who was considered a potential suitor to her beloved adopted sister, Honora Sneyd, and the poem contains numerous autobiographical facts about him, his superior temperament, and virtuous qualities. The poem is signed in Seward's hand at the conclusion, as is the case with almost all copies.