Large 8vo., pp. vi, [ix]-lv, , 405, ; a splendid copy in contemporary full red morocco, gilt, with contrasting morocco labels, all edges gilt.
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First edition, printed on ‘royal’ paper; a subscriber’s copy, from the library of Edward Popham of Littlecote, with later Popham bookplate and label.
Boswell records Thomas Warton’s observations on Mary Jones (1707-1778): ‘Miss Jones lived at Oxford, and was often of our parties. She was a very ingenious poetess, and published a volume of poems; and, on the whole, was a most sensible, agreeable, and amiable woman. She was sister of the Reverend River Jones, Chanter of Christ Church cathedral at Oxford, and Johnson used to call her the Chantress. I have heard him often address her in this passage from “Il Penseroso”: Thee, Chantress, oft the woods among I woo, &c. She died unmarried.’
Foxon, p. 391.
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