A New Edition.London: Edward Moxon, 1845 Stock Code: 145807
Inscribed by the poet on the front free endpaper verso "Mary Littledale Greenwood written by written by sic William Wordsworth Rydal Mount 25 July 1846".
The recipient, Mary Littledale Greenwood (1930-1913) would have been just fifteen when she visited the 76-year old poet at his Rydal Mount home in the Lake District, where he lived from 1813 onwards, and which is depicted on the engraved title page. She later married the architect Major Rohde Hawkins, who designed Swarcliffe Hall for Mary's brother John Greenwood, who employed Charlotte Brontë as a governess and thereby inspired Thornfield Hall in Jane Eyre.
"In 1845 Wordsworth oversaw the publication of a handsome single-volume edition of his collected works. The text was, as usual, subjected throughout to revision, but the most significant was that to The Excursion, in which the language of Christian doctrine was more explicitly introduced" (ODNB).
Large octavo. Original brown cloth, rebacked with original spine laid down, spine lettered in gilt, covers panelled in blind.
Engraved frontispiece (engraved by Finden after the bust by Chantrey) and vignette title.
Light wear to tips, some light toning and foxing, a very good copy.
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