SOCIAL UNREST

“Blessed are ye that sow beside all Waters!” A Lay Sermon, addressed to the higher and middle Classes, on the existing Distresses and Discontents …

London: Printed for Gale and Fenner … J. M. Richardson … and J. Hatchard … 1817.

8vo., pp. [2], xxxi, [1], 134; a very good copy, uncut, in the original printed thin paper wrappers, rebacked.

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First edition of Coleridge’s second ‘Lay Sermon’, addressing the social unrest that followed the end of the Napoleonic Wars, published in March 1817. A third intended ‘sermon’, to be addressed to the lower classes, was never in fact completed.

The rare wrappers feature advertisements for The Statesman’s Manual and the collected and enlarged edition of The Friend.

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