1857. London: Chapman and Hall, 1857.
8vo, vi, 403 pp. Original green cloth lettered in gilt, yellow endpapers, a remarkably good copy with two bookplates, in a quarter red morocco box.
§ First edition, scarce, an interesting association copy of this ground-breaking feminist work, inscribed by Watts Phillips, the popular Victorian playwright, to his mistress and the mother of his children: “Watts Phillips presents this book the work of a great female poet to Caroline Huskisson who lacks but time and perseverance to become one.” Watts was a student and a lifelong friend of Cruikshank. He was accused of borrowing elements
from Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities for his most successful play, The Dead Heart, but it turned out Dickens had in fact borrowed them from him. Bookplates of John Thompson Fitz Adam, and Edwin Holden (dated 1894), president of the Grolier Club and a
major collector of the time. Item #106874