Publisher: Bristol: Printed for the Author, 1786.
Edition: Second edition, revised; the first was published in Winchester in 1783.
Bibliographical References: ESTC T42670 (BL, Cambridge, Oxford, Florida State, Lilly NYPL, UCLA, Colorado, Spencer Library-Kansas); see Jackson, Romantic Poetry by Woman, pages 378-79, who records five other editions of this title, but not this one; Lonsdale, Eighteenth-Century Women Poets, pages 373-78.
Condition: Later ink signature on the front free endpaper; edges a little rubbed; very good copy.
Book ID: 28261
Description12mo, contemporary quarter tree-calf rebacked and recased, marbled paper boards, gilt lettering. Frontis portrait and errata leaf after the title-page. 11-page list of subscribers.
CommentsA collection of over 40 poems by Jane Cave (later Winscom), a Welsh woman who showed a talent for poetry from an early age and published her first collection at Winchester in 1783. In this second collection, the poems are rearranged, a few eliminated and new ones added. There were three subsequent editions, each with an impressive list of subscribers. Cave's poems cover a variety of subjects: love, marriage, elegies, epitaphs and "she also addresses the perennial topic of a reader who disbelieves that she can, as a woman, really have written her works herself" - Isobel Grundy in the ODNB. "What is known about her derives largely from editions of her verse. . . . How she supported herself is unclear, but it was perhaps as a servant or teacher. . . . [But] whatever her employment, it was demanding: in 'The Author's Plea' she describes her early love of poetry, but also her tantalizing dealings with the Muses, whose visitations were usually interrupted by the 'numberless impediments' of her duties" - Lonsdale. The dates of Cave's life are not certain but are thought to be circa 1754-1813.