POETICAL GEMS; a Collection of Pieces from the most admired Authors, to commit to Memory. [Cover title: Selected by a Father and Mother.] [London:] Published Sept. 20th 1823. by Harris & Son.
Small 8vo (178 × 107 mm), pp. [4], 44, [2]; engraved title, plus engraved frontispiece (a little spotted); a few leaves slightly creased; stitched as issued in the original publisher’s stiff-paper wrappers, a little darkened, spine perished, chip to lower cover, extremities worn.
Sole edition, rare. ‘These small Pieces of Poetry were collected, for the purpose of exercising the memories of a young family in a useful and agreeable manner; and the effect has been so favourable, that we thought we should do no small service to other children, by publishing them; there being no collection, we believe, in any way assimilating’ (Introduction). The excerpts include pieces by Cowper, Goldsmith, Gray, Milton, Pope, Scott, Shakespeare, Southey, Wordsworth, etc.
Moon 668, locating the Bodleian copy only; COPAC adds no more. WorldCat finds 3 in the US (Brown, Princeton, UCLA).
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