New York: G. & C. & H. Carvill, 1829.
First edition. xxix, , 174 pp. 1 vols. 12mo. The Icon of the Romantic Poetess. Contemporary calf and boards, worn and rubbed, small tear in spine. Some dampstaining to preliminaries, mostly to outer margin, endpapers somewhat spotted. Early owner's signature of "Jane Anna Gates" on the front pastedown. Item #219827
Above and beyond any question as to the merits of her poetry, the death of the American prodigy / poetess at "sixteen years and eleven months", the posthumous publication of her poems in this volume, the portrait of her given by Morse in his biographical sketch, and above all, a subsequent article by Robert Southey in the quarterly review, caught the imagination of critics and poets across the Atlantic, and contributed greatly to the developement of a conception of the Romantic poetess as sacrificial victim on the altar of her own genius. Southey's comparison of her with her boy counterpart, Thomas Chatterton, fit with the prevailing need, as did Morse's portrait of her physical attributes: "In person, Miss Davidson was possessed of great beauty; a high, open forehead, a soft, black eye, perfect symmetry of features, fair complexion, and luxuriant, dark hair." - p. xxvii.
An important book in the development of the popular ideology of the "poetess" -- and now quite rare on the market.
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