BARTON, Bernard. Poems … London: Printed for Harvey and Darton … 1820.
8vo (229 × 145 mm), pp. xvi, 288; with engraved frontispiece by Hanksworth after Knight and errata slip tipped in after the prelims; some light spotting to frontispiece of an otherwise nice, crisp copy, printed on good-quality wove paper, uncut in the original publisher’s drab boards, printed paper spine label, a bit rubbed, upper joint starting, spine chipped at head; booklabel of John Sparrow.
First edition of a popular collection; it had reached a fifth edition by 1825. ‘Several of the Poems contained in the following pages have before appeared in print; but their circulation has been so very limited, that they can hardly be said to have ever been before the Public’ (Preface). Barton (1784–1849), ‘the Quaker poet’, was a vigorous correspondent, including with Southey and Lamb. Among the verse anthologized here is ‘To Percy Bysshe Shelley’ and ‘To William Wordsworth, on his “Peter Bell”’, as well as affectionate ‘Introductory Verses’ to his sister, the educational writer Maria Hack.
Jackson, p. 460.
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