TAYLOR, Jane. Memoirs and poetical Remains of the late Jane Taylor: with Extracts from her Correspondence. By Isaac Taylor … Second Edition. London: Published by B.J. Holdsworth … 1826.
2 vols in one, 12mo (168 × 103 mm), pp. xx, 202; [2], 324; with silhouette frontispiece in vol. I (spotted, and lightly offset); occasional spotting; contemporary half calf and marbled paper sides, spine gilt, rubbed and sunned; early ink ownership inscription to front flyleaf (‘M. Albright Sisters.’), pencil ownership signature to title-page (‘Wm Albright’).
Second edition; first published the previous year by her brother, Isaac (like their father, an engraver), following Taylor’s tragic death. Best known as the author of ‘Twinkle, twinkle little star’, Jane Taylor (1783–1824) has perhaps been ‘too much identified with her children’s books’. She wrote throughout her life, ‘almost from infancy, creating worlds both private and shared with her sister’, Ann, later a children’s writer. Jane died, aged 40, from breast cancer, ‘her mind “teeming with unfulfilled projects”. Though never out of print (editors include Edith Sitwell) she has manuscripts still unpublished’ (Feminist Companion to Literature in English).
Jackson, p. 522.
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