The Book of Common Prayer...His Majesty's Printers, 1669, engraved title, presentation copy inscribed by W.S.O. Du Sautoy to Ernest Hartley Coleridge for Christmas 1859, later calf decorated in blind, red edges, browned, rebacked, scuffed; The Book of Common Prayer...Millar Ritchie for J. Good and E. Harding, 1794, engraved plates, inscribed on front endpaper "Mrs Coleridge, given her by her sister Mrs Brown Septr. 1809", further inscription beneath ( "This book was bequeathed to me by my dear & honored mother, who died in London 5 August 1838; & I wish it may long be kept with reverence in my family. H.N.C."), contemporary straight-grained red morocco, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, binding very worn at extremities; The Book of Common Prayer. Printed by Whitchurch March 1549. Commonly called the First Book of Edward VI (The Book of Common Prayer...1552) (The Book of Common Prayer...1559) (The Book of Common Prayer...1604) (The Book of Common Prayer. As Printed at Edinburgh 1637. Commonly called Archbishop Lauds.) (The Book of Common Prayer as revised and settled at the Savoy Conference Annon 1662). William Pickering, 1844, 6 volumes, facsimile edition printed in red and black with engraved plates, presentation copy inscribed on front endpaper of first volume by W.S. O. Du Sautoy to Ernest Hartley Coleridge in 1859, previous inscription to Du Sautoy beneath, original vellum gilt, binding discoloured and worn, tears to spines, spine of final volume split and partially detached; Helmore, Rev. Thomas, ed.. The Psalter Noted. J. Alfred Novello, 1849, presentation copy inscribed by the editor to Derwent Coleridge, contemporary brown morocco decorated in blind, browned, binding worn; together with another Book of Common Prayer, c.1625, imperfect; 10 volumes, various sizes
Henry Nelson Coleridge/Derwent Coleridge/Ernest Hartley Coleridge; thence by descent
A group of volumes which testify to the strong spiritual and religious convictions of this branch of the Coleridge family.
The barrister and author Henry Nelson Coleridge (1798-1843) was the son of Samuel Taylor's eldest brother James Coleridge, and Frances Duke Taylor, who were married in Exeter in 1788 (see second volume in the lot, given to her, and then passed on to H.N. Coleridge). He wrote Six Months in the West Indies in 1825 and married his cousin Sara (the poet's daughter) in 1829 after a long engagement and some opposition from within the family. He recorded Coleridge's Table Talk at Highgate, represented the family (with his brother Edward) at his funeral, and was the poet's literary executor.
The writer, educationist and accomplished linguist Derwent Coleridge (1800-83), Samuel Taylor's second son, was ordained in 1825 after a period of atheism which can be compared to his own father's period of religious uncertainty. He married Mary Pridham and settled at Helston, Cornwall, as a schoolmaster. He was later first principal of St. Mark's College, Chelsea (1841-1864), and rector of Hanwell (1864-1880). His book The Scriptural Character of the English Church, published in 1839, clarified his beliefs in the light of his own reconversion.
Derwent's son, the literary scholar and poet Ernest Hartley Coleridge (1846-1920), was the last of the Coleridges involved in the editing of his grandfather's manuscripts, publishing Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1895 and The Complete Poetical Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1912. He also edited the Life and Correspondence of John Duke Coleridge Lord Chief Justice of England (two volumes, 1904), and was actively involved in the campaign to buy Coleridge's cottage in Nether Stowey for the nation.
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