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Wordsworth, William [and Samuel Taylor Coleridge].
LYRICAL BALLADS WITH A FEW OTHER POEMS. LONDON: J. AND A. ARCH, 1798
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Wordsworth, William [and Samuel Taylor Coleridge].
LYRICAL BALLADS WITH A FEW OTHER POEMS. LONDON: J. AND A. ARCH, 1798
Estimate
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Wordsworth, William [and Samuel Taylor Coleridge].
LYRICAL BALLADS WITH A FEW OTHER POEMS. LONDON: J. AND A. ARCH, 1798
8vo (173 x 105mm.), FIRST EDITION, second (London) issue, errata leaf and advertisement leaf at the end, original pink boards with cream spine, preserved in cloth folding box, spine lettered in gilt, occasional spotting to text, lacking spine, boards slightly soiled, upper board with small red label with manuscript number
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Provenance

Simon Nowell-Smith, his bookplate and that of his wife Judith Adams Nowell-Smith; sold by Bertram Rota, Catalogue 300, Poetry. The Simon Nowell-Smith Collection, 2002, item 807

Literature

Wise 4; Cornell/Healy 4; Hayward 202 (the Bristol issue, lent by Lord Rothschild, not in boards), Grolier Hundred 66

Catalogue Note

THE EARLIEST OBTAINABLE EDITION OF THE COLLECTION OF POEMS WHICH INAUGURATD THE ROMANTIC MOVEMENT IN ENGLISH LITERATURE. The earlier Bristol issue of the same year is listed by Healey in 13 copies, but there are thought to be none remaining in private hands.The Cornell copy (Cornell 3) is rebound in green morocco; Di Ricci says that the Bristol Lyrical Ballads was published in drab boards, and Healey notes that apparently no copies survive in boards.

Except for the title page, the London issue does not differ from the Bristol issue. A case can also be made that this issue was the first published issue. The Bristol issue was prepared in anticipation of publication by Longmans, an event which never materialised, leading Dorothy Wordsworth to write in September 1798 that the book had been "printed, not published", since there was no publisher until Cottle found Arch and Wordsworth found Johnson at about the same time. See also D.F. Foxon, "The Printing of Lyrical Ballads, 1798", in The Library, Fifth Series, Vol.IX, No.4, December 1953.

VERY RARE IN THE ORIGINAL BOARDS.

Coleridge contributed "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," "The Foster-Mother's Tale," "The Nightingale" (replacing "Lewti" in all but four known copies of the Bristol issue), and "The Dungeon." Wordsworth contributed most of the poems, drawing on a huge creative burst in the Spring and Summer of 1798, which included "Lines Written a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey."

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