The Triumphs of Temper; a Poem. In six Cantos. by…

The Triumphs of Temper; a Poem. In six Cantos. by HAYLEY, William.

~ The Triumphs of Temper; a Poem. In six Cantos. London: Printed for J. Dodsley... 1781.

4to (290 × 225 mm), pp. xii, 164; complete with half-title; early ms ink corrections to pp. [1], 4, 13, 31, 71, 73, 96, 103, 125, and 150; light waterstain in the fore-margin of the final two leaves, but a very good copy, uncut in recent half calf; ink ownership inscription (dated 1827) to the half-title.

First edition of Hayley’s most ambitious work, which aimed to set out a model for the regulation of female sensibility. ‘Its advice was heeded by some: Emma Hamilton thanked Hayley “for the lessons she had learnt from the poem”... and asked Romney to inform Hayley that his poem “made me Lady H.... for Sir W. minds more temper than beauty”’ (Oxford DNB). The poem proved popular, with 13 editions, in Britain and America, before the end of the century. Barker, ‘Some notes on the bibliography of William Hayley, Part I’, Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society
Vol. 3, No. 1 (1959), pp. 103-112, 14; Jackson, p. 91.

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