HOWITT, Richard. Antediluvian Sketches; and other Poems … London: Published by L.B. Seeley and Sons … 1830.
Small 8vo (171 × 105 mm), pp. viii, [2], ix–x, 148; some light spotting to endpapers, later dark purple half calf by Abbott of Nottingham, spine gilt with red lettering-piece, extremities a little rubbed, spine very lightly sunned.
First edition. Howitt (1799–1869) ‘spent his earlier years as a druggist in Nottingham, for an initial year in partnership with his brother William, but then from 1823 on his own account. He was an ardent lover of literature and his shop—“quite as much of a Parnassium as a pharmacy”—served as a focal point for a circle of “Sherwood poets” and other local writers, including Robert Millhouse, Thomas Miller, Spencer T. Hall, and Jane Holmes (later Jerram). His own poems—many of which appeared first in Tait’s Edinburgh Magazine and W. Dearden’s Miscellany—were collected into Antediluvian Sketches (1830) and The Gipsy King and other Poems (1840)’ (Oxford DNB). In 1839 Howitt emigrated to Australia. Upon his return in 1844, he published his experiences in Impressions of Australia Felix (1845), which some regarded as the ‘most reliable description of Australian life at that date’ (ibid.). On his death, Tennyson praised his ‘truthful, earnest, kindly, poetical temperament’.
Jackson, p. 550. COPAC and WorldCat list 4 copies in the UK only (BL, Birmingham, Leeds, Library of the Society of Friends).
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