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Psyche / or / The Legend of Love / – Castos docet et pios amores. / Martial [Manuscript title underscored with a double line, below which is the annotation in another hand:] “An Unpublished Poem by Mrs. H. Tighe.”

TIGHE, MARY Quarto notebook, 26.5 x 21 cm, original quarter calf, mustard-yellow paper boards, silk ties on the spine, 116 leaves, with the watermark on each leaf "Ruse & Turners / 1806." The text of the poem is on 109 leaves, written on the versos and rectos, followed by "Notes" on three leaves. The first and final three leaves of the notebook are blanks. On each leaf of text is a vertical line in pencil at the gutter or margin, as a guide to the copyist. One of the famous fair copy manuscripts of Mary Tighe's popular poem Psyche; or, The Legend of Love, an allegorical poem in Spenserian stanzas based on the story of Cupid and Psyche, that had well documented influence on the Romantics. Tighe (1772-1810) began writing the poem in 1801 and steadily revised it until she had it privately printed in 1805 in an edition of 50 copies. The printed edition did not satisfy demand, as evidenced by this manuscript copy, which accurately follows the text of the 1805 printed edition, on paper watermarked 1806. The page numbers to which the final 17 notes reference were left blank by the copyist because in the manuscript copy they would not correctly correspond to the layout of the printed text; a contemporary owner has paginated the manuscript leaves in pencil and filled in the blanks with the corresponding page numbers for the notes. Bookplate on the front paste-down of William Cecil Chambers (1768-1817), eldest son of Rev. William Chambers, a clergyman in Northamptonshire. The holograph note in red ink on the manuscript title and the annotations in pencil are presumably by Chambers. Binding a little rubbed and soiled, but in fine condition overall. There are six fair copy manuscripts of Psyche held in institutions that have been found: National Library of Wales, Morgan Library, Beinecke Library, two at the British Library (one incomplete), Wilson Library at North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and one is listed in OCLC (78884838) with scant description and no location cited. Perhaps an OCLC ghost? And four copies have been found at auction since 1921, not including this one
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Elegiac Sonnets . . . The Fifth Edition, with Additional Sonnets and Other Poems. [Bound with:] [Cowley, Hannah]. The Poetry of Anna Matilda [pseud]. [With:] Smith, Charlotte. Elegiac Sonnets, and Other Poems. Vol. II

SMITH, CHARLOTTE AND HANNAH COWLEY 3 vols in 2, contemporary tree calf, marbled paper endpapers, orange morocco spine labels, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, gilt lettering. Five plates in the first volume of Elegiac Sonnets; frontis portrait and four plates in the second volume of Elegiac Sonnets. Half-titles to each volume present. The two Smith volumes have list of subscribers. The complete Elegiac Sonnets by Charlotte Smith, originally published with the help of poet William Hayley and dedicated to him. It was Smith's first book and her most often reprinted. This fifth edition contains 48 sonnets and four poems, prefaces to editions one through four and a new preface to this edition. Volume II of Elegiac Sonnets was published as a sequel to the fifth edition and contains the first appearance of 24 sonnets and 15 poems. Hannah Cowley's The Poetry of Anna Matilda was a pseudonymously written sequence of poems about a mutual infatuation between her and another man, Robert Merry, a member of the legendary Della Crusca circle, whom she had met only once. "Her poems to Robert Merry . . . caused a small flutter in literary circles . . . and the author's identity was made the subject of much mystification" - Norton. Small modern book label of J. O. Edwards on the front paste-downs. Edges a little rubbed, but a fine copy in contemporary state. NCBEL II, 684 (Smith) and 831 (Cowley); Jackson, Romantic Poetry by Women, pages 300-301, 1 (f) & 3 (a) (Smith); Jackson, page 89, 5 (Cowley). And for Cowley, see J. E. Norton "Some Uncollected Authors XVI," The Book Collector, Spring 1958 Fifth edition of the first volume of Elegiac Sonnets; first edition of volume two of Elegiac Sonnets; the first edition of The Poetry of Anna Matilda.
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Original holograph letter signed and dated New York, Tuesday morning, March 19, 1851

WOMEN TRAVELERS]. Peck, Julia White Single sheet folded to make four 24 x 19 cm pages, approximately 1,000 words. A letter from 21-year-old Julia White Peck (1829-1859) to her future mother-in-law, Mrs. Henry Marsh of St. Louis, Missouri. Julia was about to travel to Turkey to serve as a Christian missionary with her fiancÈ, Rev. Dwight Marsh, who was stationed in Mosul (then part of Turkey). Her knowledge of Turkey came from the letters she had received from Dwight Marsh and conversations with a missionary, Thomas Laurie, who had recently returned to New York from Turkey. She expresses concern about "mingling with oppressed and degraded beings . . . a people whose habits and morals are so much inferior to ours." She had been told of "the moral degradation, the deceitfulness, ingratitude of the Arabs, of the low condition of our own sex. Oh it is a dark picture and one which makes a woman cling to the delightful privilege of her own sweet home in America." But, she writes, she will persevere in her work on behalf of Christianity. In online searches, the following is ascertained about Julia Peck's tragic story. Shortly after her letter to Mrs. Henry Marsh, Dwight Marsh (1823-1896) returned to the US to marry Julia Peck. They traveled back to Mosul together. They had a son there, Waldo, born in 1854. He died in Mosul on May 5, 1859. Julia died three months later, also in Mosul. They were later buried in Hartford, Connecticut. Dwight Marsh returned to the US in 1860, and was thereafter an educator and pastor.
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Poems on Various Subjects, Entertaining, Elegiac, and Religious. With a Few Select Poems from Other Authors

CAVE, JANE 12mo, contemporary quarter tree-calf rebacked and recased, marbled paper boards, gilt lettering. Frontis portrait and errata leaf after the title-page. 11-page list of subscribers. A collection of over 40 poems by Jane Cave (later Winscom), a Welsh woman who showed a talent for poetry from an early age and published her first collection at Winchester in 1783. In this second collection, the poems are rearranged, a few eliminated and new ones added. There were three subsequent editions, each with an impressive list of subscribers. Cave's poems cover a variety of subjects: love, marriage, elegies, epitaphs and "she also addresses the perennial topic of a reader who disbelieves that she can, as a woman, really have written her works herself" - Isobel Grundy in the ODNB. "What is known about her derives largely from editions of her verse. . . . How she supported herself is unclear, but it was perhaps as a servant or teacher. . . . [But] whatever her employment, it was demanding: in 'The Author's Plea' she describes her early love of poetry, but also her tantalizing dealings with the Muses, whose visitations were usually interrupted by the 'numberless impediments' of her duties" - Lonsdale. The dates of Cave's life are not certain but are thought to be circa 1754-1813. Later ink signature on the front free endpaper; edges a little rubbed; very good copy. ESTC T42670 (BL, Cambridge, Oxford, Florida State, Lilly NYPL, UCLA, Colorado, Spencer Library-Kansas); see Jackson, Romantic Poetry by Woman, pages 378-79, who records five other editions of this title, but not this one; Lonsdale, Eighteenth-Century Women Poets, pages 373-78 Second edition, revised; the first was published in Winchester in 1783.