[Rarebooks] OFFER:POETRY BY WOMEN IN ENGLISH: 1773-1863

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1.	ANON. 18th CENTURY AMERICAN MANUSCRIPT POETRY BY AN AMERICAN GIRL.  8vo, 
28 Pp. , 19.7 x  16 cm. Bound in part of an issue of a Boston Newspaper not 
long after August 2nd 1798. It includes a number of dated notices, of which 
this is the latest date. Many poems are separately dated  and one 
datelined. The first poem, for example, titled "The Wish" is date lined, 
Middleboro, December, 1798, has 4 stanzas, and occupies 1 ¾ Pp. 
"The  Flower Bed" is dated "Written in Autumn 1797."  Another titled 
"Autumn's Decay" of 2 ¼ Pp. is dated "Written in Autumn 1799." "A Birth Day 
Reflection" - September 9, 1800", -the last 4 lines crossed out. With other 
excisions, throughout.  The next poem is titled "On General George 
Washington who died Sattirday[?] Decem
" It is dated December 15, 1799, one 
day after Washington's death. It takes up most of a page. The latest dates 
on the poetry are in 1800. They include a sonnet, and a Ballad of 15 
stanzas.  In pencil on the last page of poetry is written: "Mother was born 
1784 and died September 7, 1863." The poetry is by turns conventional and 
doggerel. But it is the work of a  girl written between the ages of 14 and 
16, and a remarkable survival.  It shows a good deal about the education, 
models of thought and literature presented a child in federal Boston. 
~Clearly and legibly written in pen throughout, a few, small, faint stains. 
Covers a bit fragile but VG.~ $575.00~

2.	BARBAULD, MRS ANNA LETITIA AIKIN: POEMS.  London : Printed for Joseph 
Johnson, 1773..: vi, 138 p. ; 27 cm. (4to) Dedication signed: Anna Laetitia 
Aikin. First Edition of her First book. Mrs. Barbauld wrote, edited and 
worked for a series of radical causes. She was anti slavery, in favor of 
the French republic, against reflex patriotism, and in favor of the most 
dispossessed and under-represented members of society. She believed in 
manhood suffrage as well. Her early poems were admired by Wordsworth and 
Coleridge and denounced by political and aesthetic reactionaries. ESTC, 
T074944, Romantic Poetry by Women P. 17, CBEL II, 352.~ Early 20th century 
cloth over boards with calf corners and spine, title in gilt to spine, 
edges scuffed and binding tight, new end papers, hinge edges strengthening 
to first few pages, library stamps to verso of title page and top of first 
page and bottom of last page, some light foxing but mostly clean, binding 
tight about Very Good. $575.00

3.	BOURNE, ESTHER M.:  THE SNOW STORM. / By Esther M. Bourne. San 
Francisco: : Agnew & Deffebach, publishers and   printers, 125 Sansome 
Street., 1857.   v, [1], 10 p., [1] leaf of plates : ill. ; 21 cm. In 
verse. Preface by the author's father signed: G.M. Bourne. San Francisco, 
November, 1857. Illustrations by Charles Christian Nahl, engraved by Durbin 
Van Vleck. With an added engraved title page. The author of this long poem 
was a young girl, still in her early teens, at most. Her father contributes 
a long and serious essay on proper education, including the necessity of 
sparing the rod. The charming wood engravings which grace these pages are 
by Charles Nahl, who was one of two brothers trained in Duesseldorf, who 
became our foremost Gold-rush artists. Greenwood 805, Hamilton 1113, OCLC 9 
Locs. Now rare on the market. Orig. cloth, gilt title, AEG. Inscribed: "To 
his Niece Susan from her Uncle Horace N, Moore, San Francisco, July 1863." 
A near fine copy in the fragile original cloth. $1075.00

4.	[DORSET, CATHERINE ANN TURNER]: PEACOCK "AT HOME", OR, GRAND ASSEMBLAGE 
OF BIRDS. Philadelphia : Published and sold wholesale by Wm. Charles, and 
may be had of all the booksellers, W. M'Culloch, printer).1814. 16 Pp., [7] 
leaves of plates : p., 7 ill. ;, 14 cm.  In 1807, Mrs. Dorset wrote this a 
sequel to "The Butter fly's Ball" by Roscoe.  These two were the first 
childrens' nonsense verse written rather than inherited from Mother Goose. 
If anything, contemporary opinion preferred her verse creation to his. But 
between them they created a veritable snow storm of childrens' nonsense 
verse. William Charles pirated the publication produced by John Harris in 
1807 [Moon 215]. With 7  very well hand colored, etched plates.  The front 
wrapper carries the erroneous attribution to Roscoe, but it does not give 
an erroneous number of plates. Rather it says : "Embellished with beautiful 
Engravings."  This is because it is the Morgan and Yeager reprint of 1824 
in a variant, which still has the original title date of 1814 which Charles 
engraved on the title page. OCLC 2192795  finds 2 Locs. of this issue [CTN, 
GUA]. Of the Charles original of 1814, Welch locates 5 copies, including 
that at the American Antiquarian Society and Rosenbach collections, as well 
as copies at the CT. Historical Society, and the Pennsylvania Historical 
Society as well as one copy in a private collection. One of these has a 
defective binding. OCLC: 22175016.  PLF[Rosenbach] only. Our copy was owned 
by George Atkinson, whose name in ink is found on the blank verso of the 
TP. The wraps have been professionally laid down on heavier paper and 
resewn. A little darkening  [to the color of weak tea] of pages facing the 
etched plates, but near fine. $875.00

5.	[ELLIOTT, MARY]:  INNOCENT POETRY. Phila., Johnson & Warner., 1811. 12mo 
69 Pp. + 8 Inserted. FP etchings. Original salmon wraps, oval letterpress 
b'plate of Elvira Rogers, Billerica, MA, VG. Wood Engd. vignette on front 
cover and TP, another on first page of poetry, both by Anderson. First 
American Edition, S&S #23094, Not in Welch, but AAS now has the only other 
copy. Not in Rosenbach, LC Childs., Morgan. Most poems given to an 
"authoress", Mary or Elizabeth. Plates include baby in the cradle and its 
mother, young hunter with rifle and dog, making a snowman, child and card 
house. Well illustrated, charming book of great rarity with an early 
provenance. VG. $850.00

6.	LAMB, CHARLES and MARY:  POETRY FOR CHILDREN, ENTIRELY 
ORIGINAL.  Boston, West and Richardson, and E. Cotton,  1812   144 p. p., 
15 cm. Published anonymously, see Halkett & Laing. Discussed on Pp.88-102 
of Livingston's bibliography of the Lambs. He also notes the scarcity of 
this First American Edition, which he notes, reprints 81 of the 84 poems in 
the English first. Of the original edition he was able to locate only 9 ½ 
copies [an odd volume]. Welch 743.1 locating 12 copies, one rebound, 
another lacking a page and a third with a page mutilated. The book was 
reviewed in the "Monthly Review" for January 1811 "Nothing can be either 
more natural or more engaging than the subjects of these little poems. They 
will teach children to be happy by making them reflect on their own 
comforts and by exciting them to promote the happiness of others."  This 
copy has a penned presentation inscription on the title page: "Mary M. 
Paine from her uncle Nathan Rice, June 3, 1812."  In its original binding 
of marbled boards, from which much of the paper has been rubbed away, calf 
spine, gilt title and horizontal gilt lines. In an original paper flaw, a 
blank corner on one page is absent, a few pages slightly pulled and small 
signs of use are found here and there.  But Very Good. $1250.00

7.	[LARD, REBECCA HAMMOND]: MISCELLANEOUS POEMS ON MORAL AND RELIGIOUS 
SUBJECTS. Woodstock [Vt. : s.n.], David Watson, 1820. 143 p. ; p., 18 cm. 
Responsibility: "by a Lady." Attributed to Rebecca Hammond Lard. Cf. 
Wegelin, 1027.  Mrs. Lard, taught school for many years, in 
Woodstock,  after 1820 she lived in Indiana, and published a further poem 
"On the Banks of the Ohio."  McCorison 2212, Shoemaker, 1905, Jackson, 
Romantic Poetry by Women p.194. OCLC, 7 Locs. [YUS, CGU, HHG, RBN, HRH, 
VTU, GZM]. Orig. Bds., paper back, with most of the original printed paper 
label, hinges a little tender, otherwise a Very Good copy. $350.00


8.	OLIVER, ISABELLA: POEMS, ON VARIOUS SUBJECTS.  Carlisle: From the press 
of A. Loudon, (Whitehall) 1805. 5, [vi]-ix, [11]-220 p. 18 cm. Note(s): "To 
the editor" (p. [3]-5) signed: R.D. [i.e. Robert Davidson?]./ Subscribers' 
names: p. [205]-220.  One of the earlier original collections by an 
American woman, published. Shaw & Shoemaker, 9346, not in Jackson, Romantic 
Poetry by Women. Full mottled calf, gilt crossing lines on spine,  red Mro. 
label, gilt. Front board cleverly rehinged, otherwise a Very Good 
copy.  $325.00

9.	PORTER, SARAH: THE ROYAL PENITENT.: IN THREE PARTS. : To which is added, 
David's lamentation over Saul and Jonathan. / By Mrs. Sarah Porter, of 
Plymouth in New-Hampshire.  [Four lines from Pope] Printed at Newburyport 
[Mass.], : by G.J. Osborne, Market-Square., [1793]. 21, [3] p. ; 15 cm. 
(18mo) In verse, and an early separately published poem by an American 
woman. Date of publication supplied by Evans. Signatures: A-B6 (B6 blank). 
Bookseller's advertisement, p. [22].~ Evans 26024,  Wegelin, O. Amer. 
Poetry, 311. OCLC locates a copy at HRH, but there is also a copy at MWA. 
Of the First Edition of 1791 printed in Concord NH, OCLC notes 2 Locs. NYP 
and DLC, but the MWA also have a copy of that one. A VG copy,the original 
printed wrappers with a dust jacket of contemporary newspapers. $1075.00

10.	WEEKS, DELLA JERMAN.:  LEGENDS OF THE WAR. By Della Jerman Weeks. 
Boston, Mudge and son, printers, 1863.  63 p. front. (port.) 19 cm.  Poetry 
about the Civil War by the sister of a soldier in the Union Army who was 
wounded at Gettysburg and was then in a hospital.  Author's edition, 
printed for private circulation.   This copy was bought from the poet 
herself after a reading. Signed and dated by her with a circumstantial 
description by the purchaser, in pencil. Noted in Harris. Original beaded 
grey cloth, spine repaired, A Fine copy. $200.00

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