iv, 188 p., added engraved title page; 15 cm. Contemporary full free calf; black leather label on spine with gilt-tooled title "Cowper's Poems" and green leather label with gilt-tooled "Vol. 2." Gilt-tooled decoration on remainder of spine. All page edges are marbled. The title vignette on the added engraved title page is signed: R. Westall, R.A. del; Goodman & Piggot sc. Following "The Task," the volume contains "Tirocinium; or, A Review of Schools." Inscription on front free endpaper: "Rachel Basset presented by her Brother Wm. Marot." The recipient, Rachel Bassett (1808-1888), was the second wife of Joshua Hoopes (1788-1874), the Quaker teacher and botanist of West Chester, Pa. William Marot was married to her sister Deborah Bassett. Gilt-tooled decoration on remainder of spine. All page edges are marbled. The title vignette on the added engraved title page is signed: R. Westall, R.A. del; Goodman & Piggot sc. Following "The Task," the volume contains "Tirocinium; or, A Review of Schools." Inscription on front free endpaper: "Rachel Basset presented by her Brother Wm. Marot." The recipient, Rachel Bassett (1808-1888), was the second wife of Joshua Hoopes (1788-1874), the Quaker teacher and botanist of West Chester, Pa. William Marot was married to her sister Deborah Bassett. Early American Imprints, Ser. 2 (Shaw & Shoemaker), no. 43759. The "Vol. 2" label indicates that a former owner, possibly Rachel Basset, had this volume bound with volumes of Cowper' works by other publishers to create a matching set. In Very Good Condition: edges rubbed; minor loss at spine ends; foxing on added engraved title page; occasional minor foxing on text leaves; otherwise, clean and tight. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: The Task [with: Tirocinium; or, A Review of ...
Publisher: Thomas Desilver
Publication Date: 1818
Book Condition: Very Good
Book Description Printed [by Whittingham at the Chiswick Press] for John Sharpe, Duke Street, Piccadilly, 1825. 12mo., on laid paper, with an engraved frontispiece, half-title, engraved and printed titles and 6 engraved plates, plates moderately spotted; attractively bound in mid-nineteenth century full rose calf, sides with triple frame border stopped at corners by rosettes all in gilt, enclosing a triple frame border stopped at corners by rosettes all in blind, the space between filled with an elaborate arabesque in blind, back with four raised bands tooled in gilt, second and fourth compartments lettered in gilt, all other compartments richly tooled in gilt, gilt doublures, gilt edges, marbled endpapers, brown silk marker, binding mildly age-worn and faded at extremities (but all lettering wholly legible) else a most attractive, textually clean, crisp copy. This handsome 12mo edition derives directly from the foolscap octavo edition of 1817. The engravings (save the last) are by Rolls after designs by Richard Westall. The engraving to Book VI of The Task is by Romney; all the plates are re-engraved and dated March 25, 1825, but notably the frontispiece differs considerably from that of its 1817 forerunner. Some of the vignettes have been reduced in size and the headings and imprints brought closer to accommodate the 16mo edition as well as the present 12mo format. An attractive if faded copy. Russell, 145. Seller Inventory # 14091
Book Description Printed for J. Johnson, London, 1785. Two volumes. ,367,[errata];,359,pp. Uniformly bound in full forest green crushed levant, raised bands, spines gilt extra, gilt inner dentelles, a.e.g., by Riviere. Spines uniformly sunned to tan, a bit of foxing to prelims in each volume, two short marginal tears in fore-edge of [A3] in second volume, surface scratch to lower board of volume I, but a very good, tall (188mm) set, with the half-title in the second volume. First editions of Cowper's first and second collections of poems. While the second work is in many ways an independent collection, the half-title affirms the publisher's intention that it be identified as the second, companion volume to the first. As usual, John Newton's 8 page Preface is not present in the first volume - the decision to cancel it was made within a week of publication, and it was included in only a few special copies, and after the success of THE TASK, distributed on demand or separately to earlier purchasers. It did not appear as an integral part of the book until the fifth edition (1793). As usual, leaves E6 and I6 are in their canceled state. In the present copy of the second work, the catchwords on pp. 304 and 306 are correct. RUSSELL 68 & 69. HAYWARD 191. ROTHSCHILD 681. GROLIER ENGLISH HUNDRED 60. ESTC T14895 & T14896. Seller Inventory # WRCLIT67617
Book Description London, 1782-5., 1782. 2 vols., 8vo., pp. , 'vii' [i.e. viii, misnumbered], 367, [1, errata]; , 359, [1, advertisement for Poems 1782], Poems with the suppressed Preface, E6 and I6 are cancels as usual, The Task with half-title ('Poems Vol. II'); title-page to The Task shaved at foot touching the date, else good copies in contemporary tree calf, morocco spine labels; front board of volume I restored, joints rubbed in volume II, spines dry and rubbed; the Chawton copy, with the large roundel bookplate of Montagu George Knight and with the earlier Knight family shelf tickets 'J 9 27-8'; scattered underlining or marked in the margin throughout in pencil and occasionally pen or red crayon.First edition of each volume, with the notoriously rare suppressed preface by John Newton.This copy comes from the library of Chawton House, with an early shelf label and the bookplate of Jane Austen's great-nephew George Montagu Knight. Austen's 'favourite moral writers were Johnson in prose, and Cowper in verse' ('Biographical Notice', Northanger Abbey), and Cowper provides the moral framework for much of her writing, is referred to or quoted in Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Emma, and, in particular, Mansfield Park, and mentioned several times in her letters.Jane's father, himself a clergyman, 'bought a copy of Cowper's works in 1798 and Jane described him reading them aloud to the family in the evening; ten years later she bought a copy of a new edition as a present for her niece Fanny' (David Selwyn, Jane Austen and Leisure, 1999). The Austens moved to Chawton Cottage, in the grounds of Chawton House, in 1809, after her brother Edward, who took the name of Knight, had inherited the estates of Chawton and Godmersham Park. Jane regularly used the libraries at both houses: 'I am now alone in the Library', she wrote to Cassandra from Godmersham, 'Mistress of all I survey'. The present volumes appear in the 1818 Godmersham Park catalogue compiled by Edward Knight (South Case, col 1 shelf 3). It has been carefully read, and numerous passages marked, especially in the poems quoted by Austen ('Tirocinum', 'The Truth' etc.), though almost certainly not by Austen herself. They do however express the canonicity of Cowper in the Austen family and it is hard to imagine she would not have turned through the pages of this set in the library at Godmersham. The Godmersham and Chawton libraries were later merged, hence the Chawton bookplate of Austen's great-nephew Montagu George Knight.Poems, published at the age of 50, was Cowper's first and most important collection. The suppressed Preface by the reformed slave trader John Newton is notoriously rare. As curate of Olney, Buckinghamshire, Newton for seven years was a neighbour of Cowper and became a close friend. They collaborated on Olney Hymns in 1779, Newton's contributions including 'Amazing Grace'. His Preface was 'not designed to commend the Poems to which it is prefixed', but to provide testimony to Cowper's (and his own) religious experience. In the poems, he writes, Cowper's 'satire, if it may be called so, is benevolent dictated by a just regard for the honour of God, an indignant grief excited by the profligacy of the age, and a tender compassion for the souls of men He aims to communicate his own perceptions of the truth, beauty, and influence of the religion of the Bible. – A religion, which alone can relieve the mind of man from painful and unavoidable anxieties'. The publisher, no doubt rightly, was alarmed that such an evangelical Preface might prejudice the sale of the book, and, with Cowper's reluctant consent, withdrew it a week before publication. The Task was written at the suggestion of Cowper's friend and neighbour Lady Austen (no relation). She had encouraged him to attempt blank verse, and he agreed provided that she would supply the subject. 'O', she replied, 'you can never be in want of a subject: –you can write upon any. Write upon this sofa!' And so he did, hence the wry title, Seller Inventory # E4430.1