Poems. George Meredith.


1851. London: Parker, [1851].

Sm. 8vo, (8), 159, [160]pp. Errata slip tipped in at the end. Original green cloth, backstrip faded to brown, ephemera tipped in at front with bookplate and pencil notes; neatly restored with cloth repair to backstrip and joints. Enclosed in a green moiré silk box.

§ First edition, first issue of the errata slip, with an ALS from Meredith dated Sept. 12, 1890 about this title and his other books. "It is a surprise to me to see verses of mine attracting notice and discussion. Our critics have usually a distaste for that which has not won the public. But I cannot agree with you in your generous remarks on my first volume..." The letter is signed by the recipient illegibly (possibly Jonathan Rees?), dated Cardiff Sep. 1890. Forman, Meredith 1; Hayward 270. The purported rarity of this volume, some 300 copies supposedly having been destroyed by the author, is perhaps belied by the wide institutional holdings and the current (12/2019) presence of no less than 6 copies for sale. Item #123065

Price: $1,750.00

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