Poems and fugitive Pieces, by Eliza. by [BROUGHTON] Eliza.

~ Poems and fugitive Pieces, by Eliza. London: Printed by W, Bulmer, and Co. And sold by Cadell and Davies... and Bell and Bradfute, Edinburgh. 1796.

12mo (155 × 92 mm), pp. xii, 172, with a half-title, plus engraved frontispiece; contemporary calf, gilt spine, black morocco label; joints cracked, upper joint becoming loose.

Sole edition. ESTC attributes it to Eliza Day, Jackson to Eliza Broughton (though without explanation). This scarce collection was noted by the Critical Review, Monthly Review and English Review, the reviewers in each agreeing that these are poems more suited to domestic reading and circulation than to print. Though patronising and dismissive, their comments are actually interesting. The Monthly Review wrote, for example ‘We conceive that we should neither essentially serve Eliza, nor highly gratify our readers, by filling our pages with extracts from her productions; which, in truth, are, for the most part, calculated to please more in manuscript than in Mr. Bulmer’s elegant type...’ a nice appreciation of the different modes of production and consumption of contemporary (and especially female) poetry. None of the reviewers attempt to identify Eliza, though the Critical Review notes that many of the poems had first appeared in the popular journal Star. Jackson, p. 211; Jackson, Women, p. 41.

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