The Devil’s Walk; a poem … edited with a biographical memoir and notes by H. W. Montagu, author of Montmorency Poems, &c. &c. &c.

London, Marsh and Miller, and Edinburgh, Constable, [1830].

[Bound after:]

[COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor, and Robert SOUTHEY.] The real Devil’s Walk. Not by Professor Porson … With notes, and extracts from the Devil’s Diary. London, Effingham Wilson, 1830.

12mo, pp. viii, 9-22, 25-31, [3, ads]; 34; first work with wood-engraved frontispiece by Bonner and Slader after Robert Cruikshank and seven further plates, the second work with five full-page wood-engravings after Cruikshank including frontispiece, pagination continuous, several illustrations to text; some scattered foxing, but both good copies in contemporary marbled boards, sheep tips, rebacked with recent brown cloth, marbled endpapers; bookplate of John Fowles to front pastedown.

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First separate edition of The Devil’s Walk, second issue, with pp. 23-24 cancelled as opposed to pp. 21-22 in the first. In its earliest form the poem appeared (anonymously) in the Morning Post for 6 September 1799, as "The Devil's Thoughts". In 1827 Southey amplified the poem considerably from its original thirteen stanzas to fifty-seven; he also changed the title to that suggested by Shelley’s broadside poem of 1812. The attribution to Porson created considerable controversy, and The Real Devil's Walk, bound in here, is just one of the many parodies which appeared shortly after the original. Others included The Devil's Progress (1830) and Charles Lamb's Satan in Search of a Wife (1831).

Wise, Coleridge, 68; Tinker 707; Healey 1744.

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