The rural Muse. Poems …

London, Whittaker & Co. … 1835.

8vo., pp. x, 175, [1], with the frontispiece and the engraved title-page; vignette of Clare’s birthplace on p. 171; a very good copy in black half morocco and marbled boards by Rivière, front joint cracked; bookplate removed.

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First edition of Clare’s last collection of poetry, published as he was descending into penury and madness. His previous collection, The Shepherd’s Calendar (1827), had sold badly and Clare found himself with an inclination to drink, but without money. He was committed to Allen’s asylum at High Beach in Epping Forest in 1837, two years after the publication of this book.

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