BELL, Henry Glassford. Summer and Winter Hours … London: Hurst, Chance, & Co. … Henry Constable … Edinburgh [Colophon: Edinburgh: Printed by Andrew Shortreed …]. 1831.
8vo (226 × 142 mm), pp. x, [2], 174, [2]; lightly finger-soiled with the occasional spot; uncut in the original publisher’s purple moiré cloth, spine lettered gilt, rather sunned and marked, rubbed at extremities, head and tail of spine chipped.
First and only edition of a book of verse by Henry Glassford Bell (1803–1874), a Scottish poet, reviewer, and, later, sheriff-principal. As a precocious undergraduate at Edinburgh, Bell won acclaim for his theatrical reviews under the pen name ‘Acer’ for the Edinburgh Observer and is ‘reputed to have contributed to the improvement of the quality of the Edinburgh stage’ (Oxford DNB). In 1828, he founded the Edinburgh Literary Journal and under his editorship it won ‘a considerable reputation’ (ibid.). Bell left the Journal in 1831, and the present volume collects some of his contributions, ‘a selection of his fugitive pieces, more as an intimation of his poetical existence than as any attempt to prove himself entitled to the highest honours of the Muse’ (Preface). One of the poems, ‘Mary Queen of Scots’, ‘became a favourite with teachers of elocution’ (ibid.).
Jackson, p. 564.
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