Miscellaneous Writings: consisting of Poems; Lucretia, a tragedy; and Moral…

~ Miscellaneous Writings: consisting of Poems; Lucretia, a tragedy; and Moral Essays; with a Vocabulary of the Passions: in which their Sources are pointed out; their regular Currents traced; and their Deviations delineated. London: Printed for T.N. Longman. 1797.

4to (250 × 182 mm), pp. [4], 4, viii, 4, [2], [5]-300 including engraved and letterpress frontispiece; waterstaining at opening and some margins later on, heaviest on frontispiece; modern half morocco.

First edition of the author’s first book; subscribers included William Beckford, Georgiana Byron, Julia Byron, Capel Lofft, William Paley and Arthur Young. Dallas (1754-1824), later famous as Byron’s biographer, was born in Jamaica and later returned there to live; his sister Henrietta Charles was married to Geroge Anson Byron, the poet’s uncle. Aubin considers his ‘Kirkstall Abbey’ as an example of ‘how much egoism had affected the genre’ of topographical poetry. Loosely inserted is a contemporary review (1797): seven extracted pages from the Monthly Review, together with a manuscript letter of consolation from a descendent of the author (1883), perhaps W.C. Dallas, to his sister Jackson 219; Aubin (p. 183, 273, and 358).

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