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Early recollections; chiefly relating to the late Samuel Taylor Coleridge, during his long residence in Bristol.

Cottle, Joseph.

Published by Longman, Rees, & Co. and Hamilton, Adams, & Co., London, 1837
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First edition. Complete in two volumes. Vol. II with final advertisement leaf. Illustrated with six engraved plates, which are portraits of Coleridge, Robert Southey, William Wordsworth, Amos Cottle, and Charles Lamb. There is a very candid review of the work in the Dictionary of National Biography which states that, "In spite of the strongest remonstrances from Poole and Gillman, vanity and self-righteousness together induced Cottle, in his ?Early Recollections, chiefly relating to Samuel Taylor Coleridge? (1837), not only to enumerate all his own little generosities to Coleridge and Southey, but to enter into the painful details of Coleridge's opium infatuation, printing his own letters and the answers. The unworthiness of such conduct is even aggravated by an attempt to represent it as the fulfilment of an injunction of Coleridge's own, wrung from him by the extremity of mental and bodily anguish. Cottle erred from sheer obtuseness and want of moral delicacy, and hurt himself much more than Coleridge, whose failings would have become sufficiently known from other sources, while even Cottle's poems would have given a very inadequate idea of his stupidity without his memoirs. ?The confusion in Cottle's ?Recollections? is greater than any one would think possible,? says Southey. It may be added that the book is very inaccurate in its dates, and that the documents quoted are seriously garbled. Reprehensible and in some parts absurd, it is, however, by no means dull, and besides its curious and valuable particulars of the early literary career of Coleridge and Southey, has notices of other interesting persons, otherwise little known, such as Robert Lovell and William Gilbert." 8vo. 2 vols. I: Frontis., xxxviii, 325 pp.; 5 plts. (incl. frontis.) II: [2], frontis., [6], 346, [2] pp. NSTC 2C39293 & 2C30289. 20th-century brown cloth; call number in gilt on spines partly blackened out, spines with trace of paper shelf label (now removed). Call number pencilled on verso of title-page, pencilled number at bottom margin of two preliminary pages. Rubber-stamp on paper edges, front pastedown, and at bottom margin of one page. Call slip on rear free endpaper. Slight off-setting from frontispieces onto title-pages. Vol. I title-page with small chip at top right corner, shallow tear from inner edge, and remnants of blue paper. Vol. II with remnants of blue paper, partially covering two letters of title. Title-page and following leaf of vol. II a little ragged at bottom edge. Pages 113?124 with short edge tears at top outer corner, not touching text. Bookseller Inventory # 18821

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Title: Early recollections; chiefly relating to the...

Publisher: Longman, Rees, & Co. and Hamilton, Adams, & Co., London

Publication Date: 1837

Edition: 1st Edition

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