The Dramatic and Poetical Works.
Complete in one volume.London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1851 Stock Code: 141973
First edition of Baillie's collected works; a beautifully bound copy in contemporary morocco gilt with a fore edge painting. Published to her specifications shortly before her death on 23 February 1851, Baillie's "great monster book", as she affectionately called it, contains almost her entire oeuvre and runs to more than 800 pages.
"Few women writers have received such universal commendation for their personal qualities and literary powers as Joanna Baillie. Her intelligence and integrity were allied to a modest demeanour which made her, for many, the epitome of a Christian gentlewoman. She was also shrewd, observant of human nature, and persistent to the point of obstinacy in developing her own views and opinions Baillie's contemporaries placed her above all women poets except Sappho" (ODNB).
In 1832 Carey and Lea of Philadelphia published The Complete Poetical Works, but the present compilation was the first to combine the two major streams of her writing.
Square octavo (200 x 145 mm). Contemporary red morocco gilt, green spine label, dated at foot, raised bands, inner dentelles gilt, pale yellow endpapers, edges gilt, with fore edge painting depicting a riverside scene, green silk book marker.
Engraved frontispiece portrait by H. Robinson after Sir William Newton, engraved title page. Text printed in double columns.
A little wear to extremities, spine a touch sunned, light offset from turn-ins and from label to front pastedown, sometime skilfully removed. A near-fine copy, the contents crisp and clean.
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