Sight, the Cavern of Woe, and Solitude. Poems by Mrs.…

~ Sight, the Cavern of Woe, and Solitude. Poems by Mrs. Mary Robinson... London: Printed by T. Spilsbury and Son... and sold by J. Evans... and T. Becket... 1793.

4to (262 × 215 mm), pp. iv, 32, without half-title and errata (as usual, see note); title slightly browned at margins; stitched in modern blue wrappers; a very good copy.

First edition of these three poems, the second of which, ‘The Cavern of Woe’ sees Robinson at her most melancholic:

‘... On the bleak threshold, with’ring and forlorn, / Heart-wounded MELANCHOLY sat reclin’d! / The rude blast scatter’d her dishevel’d hair; / Round her cold brow the deadly NIGHTSHADE twin’d! / Near, on a craggy point, stood wild DESPAIR, / Whose pangs supreme all lesser mis’ries scorn!’

The work is dedicated to Tory critic and newspaper editor John Taylor, a paradoxically close friend of Robinson, given their opposing political views.

Copies generally lack either half-title, errata, or both. Jackson, p. 187; Jackson, Women, p. 277; ESTC: BL, Cambridge, NLS, Bodley, Cornell, Duke, Harvard, Huntington, U Virginia and Yale.

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