Publisher: London: Printed for T. Beckett and T. Evans, 1773.
Edition: "New" edition, probably the second London edition; the first was published in 1755 as Poems by Eminent Ladies, and again in Dublin in 1757.
Bibliographical References: ESTC T144911.
Condition: Edges rubbed; some scattered foxing and light stains; title-page of volume one browned at the edges from the leather turn-ins and a little chipped; a salvageable copy, worthy of a more accomplished binder. Sold w.a.f.
Book ID: 28251
Description2 vols, 12mo, early calf boards recently rebacked (somewhat amateurishly), gilt decorations and lettering.
CommentsAn important English poetical miscellany that brings together the works of 18 English and Irish women poets from the Restoration onwards, including Aphra Behn, Elizabeth Carter, Mary Chudleigh, Mary Leapor, Mary Wortley Montague, Margaret Cavendish, Elizabeth Rowe, Mary Pilkington, Anne Killigrew and Katherine Philips. Each entry includes a brief biography of the writer. John Sitter wrote in the Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth Century Poetry (page 169), that Poems by Eminent Ladies is “the first canon of women writers in English.” It was popular and went through several editions; all of them are scarce. ¶ This was an early literary effort by both George Colman the elder (1732-94) and Bonnell Thornton (1725-1768), who had previously collaborated on the Connoisseur, a weekly literary periodical. Bookplate of the Wadsworth Library, Geneseo, NY, on the front paste-downs, with their scattered, though not too obstrusive, markings. This copy was purchased from National Book Auction in 2016, as recorded in RBH, and sent to a binder by its owner, where it was poorly and tightly bound (but perhaps that is an overly harsh assessment).