RICHARDSON, Margaret. ~ The Buds of Hope, a Collection of miscellaneous Poems … London: Mitchell and Son … 1839.
8vo (176 x 111 mm), pp. viii, 218, ; contemporary red cloth with a blind floral pattern, gilt edges; sometime rebacked, new endpapers.
First edition, scarce.
Richardson’s Preface contains the usual diffident protestations of amateurishness, but she is moved to publish because, as she rather beautifully explains, ‘Poetry is the spring-touch that calls into action all the finer feelings of our nature’. The volume includes plenty of studies of nature, but perhaps most interesting is the threnody lamenting the death of poet Letitia Elizabeth Landon (see item 14)—prefaced with a stanza from Landon’s ‘Polar Star’—which refers sorrowfully to her early death and the loss of her poetic potential; Richardson was evidently an ardent fan. Other contemporary figures are memorialised, and three of her poems deal with the death of William IV and the accession of the young Victoria. COPAC lists copies at the British Library, Bodley, and Cambridge only. Not in Jackson, nor Jackson, Women.