‘A DESCRIPTION OF POWIS CASTLE’

An Essay on the Passions: with other Poems … Shrewsbury: Printed by T. Wood … for P. Owen … Welshpool; sold by Champante and Whitrow … London, and all the Booksellers in Shrewsbury. 1799.

Welshpool; sold by Champante and Whitrow … London, and all the Booksellers in Shrewsbury. 1799.

8vo., pp. [8], 140, [4, subscribers]; a little soiling to prelims but very good copy in modern cloth; trial signatures of ‘Jane Marston / Jane Beddoes / Jane Marston / Aston, Shropshire’ on title-page, and press cutting of Byron’s poem ‘Fare thee well’ pasted to verso.

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First edition. ‘I have felt as many woes as ever tore the bosom of a Petrarch’, writes the author in the Preface, ‘and have struggled with as many penurious calamities as ever agonized the soul of a Chatterton; will not then a generous public pardon my presumption, when informed, that I woke my simple and unaspiring reed, but to claim the obolum of commiseration ….’ Unsurprisingly the verse is pretty dreadful. In addition to the title poem the volume includes ‘Hamet and Almena, an Oriental Tale’, ‘A Description of Powis Castle and its Environs’, and miscellaneous shorter poems.

The subscribers come mainly from Welshpool and thereabouts, including the Earl of Powis (12 copies).

Uncommon. ESTC records copies at BL, Cambridge, National Library of Ireland, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Chicago.

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