Large 8vo., , xxxii, 163 pp. [NB: pagination jumps from 144 to 149, with no loss of text, as noted by Cohen de Ricci]. 5 full-page etched and engraved plates and 4 vignettes by Eisen, engraved by Baquoy. A fresh, uncut copy in marbled paper wrappers, preserved in slipcase, with Desmond Flower’s bookplate.
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Cohen de Ricci 1074.
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COLERIDGE, S[amuel] T[aylor].
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First edition. The Shepherd’s Calendar was a work of long gestation and many delays, partly because of the inchoate form in which Clare presented his original manuscript to Taylor and partly because of Taylor’s slash and burn editorial policy. Though the work was finally ready by November 1826, the first drawing for the frontispiece was deemed unsuitable and two months were lost as a second was made and engraved. The delays were not in Clare’s favour: tastes had moved on, the work was not a commercial success, and Clare was left with a stack of remainders. The Shepherd’s Calendar has since, however, acquired a critical reputation for its ‘extraordinary blend of observation and delicate fantasy’ (Jonathan Wordsworth, Visionary Gleam).