The Village Minstrel, and other Poems …

London: Printed for Taylor and Hessey … and E. Drury, Stamford. 1821.

Two vols., 8vo., pp. xxviii, 216; [8], 211, [1], with the portrait frontispiece to volume I (foxed) and the half-titles to both volumes, wanting the terminal advertisement leaves; in contemporary half green morocco and marbled boards, gilt, joints rubbed.


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First edition of Clare’s second book of poetry. Published the year after Poems descriptive of rural Life and Scenery (1820), it met with further success, owing in part to public curiosity about the Northamptonshire peasant. A biographical sketch in the Introduction helped to satisfy that curiosity. The title poem is autobiographical, and there are sixty sonnets in volume II.

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