JONES, Ebenezer. Studies of Sensation and Event; Poems … London: Charles Fox … 1843.
8vo (215 × 141 mm) in half-sheets, pp. [4], iv, 203, [1], with errata slip to p. iii; marginal browning, light spotting along the gutter in places, short tear to upper corner of title (the paper a little brittle), half-title loose; late nineteenth-century red full morocco, all edges gilt, corners worn, joints rubbed, the binding a little darkened; inscription (dated 1897) to front flyleaf.
First and only edition of the author’s sole book of poetry. Jones (1820–1860), influenced by the likes of Shelley, Scott, and Carlyle, was a deeply romantic young man keen on joining the poetic elite. He published Studies at the age of age 23 to mixed reviews and failed to garner any significant attention during his lifetime. However, he would posthumously win the favour of Dante Gabriel Rossetti who, in 1870, ‘wrote a remarkable article in Notes and Queries which proclaimed Jones’s “vivid disorderly power” and prophesied that his reputation would be revived. Rossetti’s passionate, adulatory piece, coming at the height of his fame as a Pre-Raphaelite, renewed public interest in Jones, sparking several articles, brochures, and a most interesting series of biographical papers in The Athenaeum in 1878, and a nearly complete edition of Studies of Sensation and Event in 1879 with some additional pieces, a memoir by Sumner Jones, and reminiscences by Linton’ (Oxford DNB). Richard Garnett, in his article for the original DNB, wrote: ‘There can be no question of Jones’s genius; his infirmities were those of most young poets, especially the self-taught; his latest productions show that his faults had gradually cured themselves, and that he needed nothing but fortitude to have taken a distinguished place among English poets.’
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