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[Chatterton, Thomas]
Poems, Supposed to have Been Written at Bristol, by Thomas Rowley, and Others, in the Fifteenth Century
London: Printed for T. Payne and Son,], 1777. First edition, Second State (cancelled state of C4), with errata. Facsimile plate at p. 288. 307 pp. 1 vols. Chatterton, who committed suicide at the age of 17 - became a veritable symbol to the Romantics of a tragic genius misunderstood by his contemporaries , a victim whose story "Told the keen Insult of th'unfeeling Heart, The dread Dependence on the low-bred mind, Told every pang, at which thy Soul might smart, Neglect, and grinning Scorn, and Want combin'd!" - Coleridge, Monody on the Death of Chatterton. Ashley x, p. 75; Hayward 188; Tinker 622; Rothschild 589. Bound in full contemporary speckled calf, neatly rebacked. Some rubbing at corners, internally fresh, a sound clean copy.
Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller [USA]

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