ALMOST CHANGING WORDSWORTH'S MIND
London. Printed for T.N. Longman and O. Rees...By Biggs and Co. Bristol, 1800. First edition.
8vo. , 218pp, . With terminal advertisement leaf, without the portrait present in some copies, though also absent from more than one would expect if uniformly issued. Contemporary straight-grained green morocco, contrasting red morocco lettering-piece, spine richly gilt, A.E.G. A trifle rubbed. Marbled endpapers, lightly spotted.
The final work published during the lifetime of Mary Robinson (1756-1800), actress, popular novelist and poet. A favourite of the Bristol Romantics Coleridge and Southey, the title (and occasionally contents) of this well executed volume of romantic poetry pays obvious tribute to the Lyrical Ballads, which, along with Southey's Poems, are included in the list of 19 books advertised at the end of this volume. The similarity of the title to Lyrical Ballads provoked Wordsworth, according to a letter of his sister dated September 1800, to consider changing the title of the second volume. ESTC lists only five locations in the UK (BL, Bristol, Cambridge, Oxford and National Trust), but rather more elsewhere.
ESTC T99761. Jackson p.243. Jackson Romantic Poetry by Women p.278.£ 500.00 Antiquates Ref: 17187