Publisher: Maidstone: Printed for the Author by D. Chalmers. Sold by Mess. Wilkie, and H. D. Symonds, London, [et al.], 1796.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Jackson, Romantic Poetry by Women, page 139; ESTC N18496.
Condition: First and final leaves a little soiled; fine copy.
Book ID: 28291
Description4to, later marbled wrappers, stitched, 48 pages + 25 page list of subscribers. With half-title.
CommentsA collection of 28 poems and epitaphs by an obscure, but accomplished poet from a humble walk of life, in the manner of Ann Yearsley and others. Frances Greensted was a servant in a household in Maidstone, where she had worked for 20 years when this slender volume was published at the encouragement of a local clergyman who was familiar with her poetry. She was obviously well read and cultured. The first poem is about Tottenham Park and Wolfhall, with footnotes explaining historical references; she writes touching poems to the memory of friends, a clever acrostic, an elegy on a squirrel, epitaph on a favorite cat, a clever "Answer to an Epistle from a FOP," and one "To a Lady, Well known in the Poetical World, who was pleased to compliment the Author on her Production." The impressive list of over 1,500 subscribers is preceded by a notice that demand for the book was so great that a second edition "will speedily be published," but it was not. Book label of J. O. Edwards inside the front wrapper.