12mo., pp. , 77, ; some offsetting from the turn-ins, maroon half calf, spine lettered gilt, extremities rubbed; booklabel of the Earl of Eglinton.
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The Lay of the Laureate. Carmen Nuptiale …
First trade edition of Southey’s laureate ode on the occasion of the marriage of Princess Charlotte to Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg, dedicated to her. There was also a private edition in octavo on large paper. Tinker 1962.
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‘A DESCRIPTION OF POWIS CASTLE’ DONOUGHUE, A.
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.
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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The Bower of Spring, with other Poems … Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Co. and Longman, Hurst Rees, Orme and Brown, London.
First edition. Brown was professor of Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh and a prolific versifier (‘among the few Classical Writers of this scribbling generation’ according to the Edinburgh Review – for which Brown was a regular contributor).