Publisher: London: Printed for J. Williams, 1768.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: ESTC T79464; NCBEL II, 1585; and see Lonsdale, Eighteenth-Century Women Poets, page 56.
Condition: Edges skillfully repaire; very good copy.
Book ID: 28267
DescriptionSmall 8vo, contemporary sprinkled calf, black and red morocco spine labels, gilt decorations and lettering. Eight pages of publisher's advertisements.
CommentsA slim collection of 21 poems by Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762), published six years after her death. Though famously well-traveled, active in social causes (she was instrumental in the adoption of the smallpox vaccine) and a literary associate of Pope and Gay, she published only a few small books in her lifetime, all anonymously. “The social status which would have enabled her to become one of the most influential women of the first half of the century in itself provided the inhibition which rendered such a career impossible” - Lonsdale. Early ownership signature of Mary E. Hawkins on the front paste-down.