BODIAM CASTLE. ~ Bodiam Castle: A Poem in six Cantos. London: [C. Baldwin for] Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy, 1818.
8vo (214 × 130 mm), pp. , 300, complete with half-title and two final advert leaves. A few marginal spots, but overall very fresh and clean. Contemporary green straight grain morocco, gilt, spines with 4 broad raised bands, two black morocco labels, gilt edges, red endpapers. Joints rubbed, minor abrasions to upper cover. Armorial bookplate of John Lane, Middle Temple. A handsome copy.
First edition of this anonymous verse romance—a Scott-inspired medievalist episode set in the fourteenth-century moated castle in East Sussex. ‘An inoffensive grunter of the octo-syllabic sty’ (Monthly Review). Jackson, p. 430.