Poems and Essays
Poems and Essays

[BINDING]; Miss BOWDLER. Poems and Essays.

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[BINDING]; Miss BOWDLER Poems and Essays Bath: Printed by R. Cruttwell, 1793.

8vo., impressive and unusual pictorial tree calf binding, somewhow printed with a central motif of an angel holding a trumpet, apparent to both boards; double-ruled in gilt with corner pieces; embossed in blind along spine in compartments; ghosting from leather label lettered in blind to spine (perhaps once gilt, now missing); marbled endpapers; title with publisher's device; and additional engraved head and tail pieces throughout the text; pp. [ix], vi, [iii], 2-289, [vii]; at some point affected by water damage, causing some light warping to the boards and text block; split along spine, but holding firm; rubbed at corners showing through to boards beneath; previous owner's bookplate removed from ffep; a very good copy, internally, with only minimal browning, staining and creasing. Provenance: Armorial bookplate of the David Carnegie, 10th Earl of Northesk (1865-1921) to front paste-down; contemporary or near-contemporary ownership name in ink to half-title; later ownership markings in ink to final endleaf.
Seventh edition, published for the benefit of the General Hospital at Bath. An incredibly unusual decorative tree calf binding, of which this bookseller has seen no other examples.
The contents contained within are by Jane Bowdler, a British author whose works gained popularity only after her death in 1784. She suffered from intermittent ill health since contracting smallpox in 1759, and in fact lost her voice for a period of four years in 1777. A local resident of Bath, the dedication here no doubt reflects her relationship with, and perhaps treatment she received, at her local hospital.

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