WILLIAMS, Helen Maria. ~ Poems... in Two Volumes. London: Printed by A. Rivington and J. Marshall, for Thomas Cadell... 1786.
2 vols in one, 8vo (173 × 100 mm), pp. , 116; , 202, plus engraved title; first title and plate dampstained; contemporary tree sheep; old pencil annotations to initial blank, Esher bookplate; upper cover detatched.
First edition. On the strength of her success with Peru (1784), and An Ode on the Peace (1783), the author gathered a long list of subscribers for this, her first collection. ‘The success of Williams’s Poems (1786) secured her position as a prominent poet of sensibility and inspired several tributes, including the young William Wordsworth’s first published work, “Sonnet on Seeing Miss Helen Maria Williams Weep at a Tale of Distress” (1787)’ (Oxford DNB).
The Poems include the first appearance of ‘An American Tale’. Jackson, p. 126; Jackson, Women p. 374.