Cottage Poems.Halifax, P. K. Holden, for the Author, 1811 Stock Code: 130435
NotesFirst edition, sole impression, of this scarce debut collection of poems by the father of the Brontë sisters, this copy in an unrestored contemporary binding and with the contemporary ownership inscription "Apley Castle", of the Charlton family in Shropshire. Bronte had, from 1809 to 1811, been an assistant curate at Wellington, Shropshire, scarcely one mile distance from Apley Castle. His first published poem "Winter Evening Thoughts" had appeared in a local Shropshire newspaper in 1810. He then moved up to Yorkshire and had this collection of poems published in Halifax, but this Shropshire family ownership suggests the likelihood of an acquaintance. Brontë would marry Maria Branwell in 1812.
Octavo bound in 4s. Contemporary half calf and marbled boards, flat spine ruled and decorated gilt in compartments, morocco label.
Ownership inscription "Apley Castle" to front pastedown. Joints cracked, surface abrasion to spine with loss of most of the top compartment and of the fourth and fifth; internally a very good copy.
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