“IS LOVE A FANCY, OR A FEELING? / NO, IT IS IMMORTAL AS IMMACULATE TRUTH”: ASSOCIATION COPY OF THE POEMS OF HARTLEY COLERIDGE
COLERIDGE, Hartley. Poems by Hartley Coleridge. With a Memoir of His Life by His Brother. London: Edward Moxon, 1851. Two volumes. 12mo, contemporary full purple calf, elaborately gilt decorated spines, raised bands, gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. $1600.
Second edition of this compilation of Hartley Coleridge’s poetry, published in the same year as the first edition. An association copy, with the signatures of Sara Coleridge and Edith Coleridge on the title page. Edith Coleridge’s calling card, and a letter to a “Mr. Coleridge,” a descendant of S.T. Coleridge, are laid in. With engraved frontispiece portrait. Handsomely bound by Zaehnsdorf.
Hartley Coleridge (1796-1849) was the eldest son of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and a respected poet in his own right. This collection was intended to be a definitive collection of his poetry, and was first published in 1851 It was the copy of Sara Coleridge, Hartley’s sister. Her signature, partially cropped by the binder, is dated “Jan’y 12, 185.” Beneath that signature is the signature of Sara’s daughter Edith Coleridge, dated “Nov. 185.” Edith was herself a writer and edited her mother’s memoirs. There is some marginalia written in what appears to be Sara’s hand. Accompanying this set is a letter dated Oct. 30, 1934, to “Mr. Coleridge” from R.C. Bald, a Coleridge scholar who had organized a Samuel Taylor Coleridge Centenary Exhibition earlier that same year. He describes his discovery of this volume at a bookstore, and he presents it as a gift to this Coleridge descendant.
Scattered foxing to preliminary and final leaves, spines uniformly toned. A handsome, near-fine copy, with an intriguing association.