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WORDSWORTH, William (& COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor).
Lyrical Ballads, with Pastoral and Other Poems. Vol. I: 3rd edn; Vol. II: 2nd edn. 2 vols.
T.N. Longman & O. Rees. 1802. Expertly rebound in appropriate half calf, marbled boards with vellum-tipped corners, red leather labels. With a slip in vol. II from Wigan Public Libraries. v.g. Wise (6). The first edition of 1798 comprised one volume only. For the second edition, a second volume of poems was added, with vol. I only designated 'second edition'. For the next edition, 1802, the one here presented, vol. I was thus the 'third edition', while vol. II was the 'second edition'. In this edition Wordsworth further expanded the celebrated preface, as well as editing the poems in several places. One of Wordsworth's poems was excised completely, as well as Coleridge's 'The Dungeon', reducing his contribution to just four pieces. The Argument to Ancient Mariner was also omitted. Written into the prelims of vol. I, a sonnet in contemp. ms., commending the work to Fanny: "These Ballads Lyrical my love, May pleasure give, and time improve." A slip from Wigan public library, and an earlier bookseller's description, attributes the inscription to the occasional poet and authoress Anne Cox, 1766-1830. From 1803 she was Mrs Nathaniel George Woodroffe, her most notable publication being Michael, the Married Man, 1827. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Jarndyce, The 19th Century Booksellers [London, United Kingdom]
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