Publisher: London: Printed by A. Rivington and J. Marshall, for Thomas Cadell, 1786.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: ESTC T70027; NCBEL II, 693; Jackson, Romantic Poetry by Women, Williams 4(a); Sabin 104230.
Condition: Later pencil annotations on the front free endpaper, blank and recto of the frontispiece; some light damp-staining; a good, sound copy.
Book ID: 28593
Description2 vols in 1, 8vo, contemporary tree-calf, maroon morocco spine label, gilt rules and lettering. Frontispiece. 80-page list of subscribers.
CommentsThe first collection of poetry by Helen Maria Williams (1762-1827). "The success of Williams' Poems secured her position as a prominent poet of sensibility and inspired several tributes, including the young William Wordsworth's first published work, 'Sonnet on Seeing Miss Helen Maria Williams Weep at a Tale of Distress" - ODNB. Poems includes the first appearance of "An American Tale," and a poetical tribute to the European Travels of John Moore, who inspiried her travels several years later to observe and report on France during the Revolution. Esher bookplate on the front paste-down.