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WORDSWORTH, William [& Samuel Taylor Coleridge.]

Lyrical Ballads...

With Other Poems. In Two Volumes.

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Published: London Printed for T. N. Longman and O. Rees, by Biggs and Co., Bristol, 1800

Stock Code: 131646

OR On display in 100 Fulham Road


First complete edition of the Lyrical Ballads, in a striking near-contemporary binding, comprising the first edition of vol. II, and the second edition of vol. I. First published in 1798 in a single volume, this two-volume edition largely reprints the 1798 edition as the first volume, with the second volume comprising 41 entirely new works never before printed. This 1800 edition is significant in adding Wordsworth's famous Preface to the first volume: "all good poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings. Poems to which any value can be attached, were never produced on any variety of subjects but by a man who being possessed of more than usual organic sensibility had also thought long and deeply. Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings; it takes its origin from emotions recollected in tranquility". It is the inclusion of this "revolutionary manifesto for the romantic movement of the next generation" (PMM) which prompted the inclusion of this 1800 edition in the British Museum's Printing and the Mind of Man exhibition. The first volume is second issue (as in all but one copy known to Wise) with the cancel A3, and the second volume is first issue with O1, O2 and P2 uncancelled.

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2 volumes, small octavo (157 x 97 mm). Near-contemporary purple straight-grain morocco, spines lettered in gilt, spine compartments blocked in blind, double gilt rules and blind foliate border to covers, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, gilt edges.


Bound without the blank c8 in vol. I; some foxing to vol. II. A near-fine, unrestored copy with little wear.


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