Poems.London: John Murray, 1833 Stock Code: 141664
First edition of the author's first publication, fairly uncommon, around a dozen copies institutionally, but this a delightful presentation copy inscribed; "For the Marchioness of Londonderry with the Author's very Affectionate Love". Stuart-Wortley memorialised her friend, Frances Anne Vane-Stewart in verse in Fisher's Drawing Scrap-Book for 1838: "Yes! I have seen thee midst the gay and vain,/ Fairest among the courtly circle's train".
Lady Emmeline Charlotte Elizabeth Stuart-Wortley (18061855), was the second daughter of John Henry Manners, fifth duke of Rutland, her earliest poems appeared in Blackwood's Magazine and collected in this present volume. Many of her poems were composed as around her travels, such as Travelling Sketches in Rhyme (1835) and Impressions of Italy, and other Poems (1837). She was editor of the popular annual The Keepsake, 1837-40, making numerous contributions herself, and among the other contributors was Tennyson, who published his poem 'St Agnes' in the 1837 volume, later republished under the title of 'St Agnes' Eve' in the volume for 1842. "Lady Emmeline's associates also included the countess of Blessington, Theodore Hook, Richard Monckton Milnes, Caroline Norton, and Mary Shelley" (ODNB). An avid traveller from the time of her extensive European honeymoon, after the death of her husband "something of desperation entered into the increasingly punishing itineraries she set for herself" (Robinson). Her tour of American not being confined to the eastern United States, but taking in Mexico, Panama, and Peru. She died in Beirut, "afflicted with dysentery and sunstroke", having crossed and recrossed the country to Aleppo with a broken leg from a mule kick sustained near Jerusalem.
Later Londonderry bookplate, twined Ls enclosing the date 1915, surmounted by a marquess's coronet to the front pastedown. Charles Stewart Henry Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 7th marquess of Londonderry, succeeded his father in 1915.
Octavo (163 x 102 mm). Contemporary moderate green hard-grained morocco presentation binding, title gilt direct to the spine, low flat bands, single fillet panels to the compartments and to the boards, fine double rule roll to the board edges, all edges gilt, cream surface-paper endpapers, green silk page-marker intact. Bound without half-title, but both errata slips present.
Spine slightly dulled, rubbed at the extremities, corners bumped, endpapers a touch mottled, pale toning, a very good copy.
Robinson 121-2; Theakstone p.465
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