Publisher: London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Reese, Orme, and Brown, 1811.
Edition: First trade edition, with substantial additions.
Bibliographical References: Jackson, Romantic Poetry by Women, Tighe, 1(b); NCBEL III, 405.
Condition: Some light foxing; frontis portrait offset on the title-page; fine copy.
Book ID: 28279
Description4to, modern brown quarter morocco period style, marbled paper boards, dark brown morocco spine label, gilt rules and lettering. Frontis portrait engraved by Caroline Watson after a miniature by John Comerford, after a portrait by George Romney.
CommentsThe first trade edition of the work of Irish poet Mary Tighe (1772-1810), whose popular poem Psyche, or the Legend of Love, was privately printed in an edition of 50 copies in 1805 and circulated in fair copy manuscriipts. She died in 1810, and this volume was posthumously compiled and edited, probably by her husband Henry Tighe, with the addition of over 35 previously unpublished poems, including 20 sonnets. Psyche, an allegorical poem in Spenserian stanzas based on the story of Cupid and Psyche, had demonstrable influence on the Romantics. This edition contains the fine engraved frontis portrait by Caroline Watson (1761-1814) after the portrait by Romney.