coleridge's copy of taylor's most celebrated work, presented to his eldest son hartley.
Coleridge was a devoted admirer and industrious student of Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667), whom he regarded as one of the great masters of English prose style, with his solemn but vivid rhetoric, and keen ear for the music and rhythm of words.
The writer (David) Hartley Coleridge (1796-1849) was an extremely precocious child with a powerful imagination. Actively encouraged by his father, he went on to become a fellow at Oriel College in 1819, but was later expelled on charges of "sottishness, a love of low company and general inattention to college rules" (Cherry Durrant, Oxford DNB). He was an extremely erudite man with a deep hatred of injustice and oppression. He contributed to a number of periodicals, and spent some time as a school-teacher. Never completely fulfilling his early potential, he published a well-received volume of poetry in 1833. A two-volume collection was issued posthumously in 1851with a memoir and introduction by his brother Derwent.
Loosely inserted is an autograph letter signed by George Whalley, editor of The Collected Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Marginalia (1980-), to Samuel Taylor's great-great-grandson Nicholas Coleridge, discussing this work.
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