Book submission: Elegiac Sonnets

Title: Elegiac Sonnets
Author: Smith, Charlotte
Publication date: Chichester, 1784 (2nd ed.)
Library: British Library
Call number:
Submitted by: Michael Gamer
Description:
BL 11631 g.23: 2nd edition (Chichester).
1) Owner inscription
2) Some scribbling and marking of lines
3) Sonnet V: To the South Downs at the bottom someone has written “The River” under the note saying “The River Arun.”
4) “Sonnet X: To Sleep”: Further marking in pencil. Can’t make out words before first line, but I think they say “Johnston Sr.; last line is highlighted with an “X.”

Book submission: Elegiac Sonnets

Title: Elegiac Sonnets
Author: Smith, Charlotte
Publication date: London, 1789
Library: British Library
Call number: 1346 a.39
Submitted by: Michael Gamer
Description:
5th edition. This is the ECCO copy, and it contains two tipped-in illustrations not found in the original publication. There is a tipped portrait of Smith, and an additional frontispiece of Smith that has been trimmed to fit. The latter portrays a woman gazing at the moon, with the following quotation: “Ah then that I to thy soft scenes might go / Poor wretched wanderer in this vale of Woe.” See Behrendt on this for all the info; he does not read this as a fan interpolation. Stephen Behrendt discusses this particular copy in an article, “Following Charlotte Smith’s Elegiac Sonnets through the Press.” Entree au Schrift und Bild: Titelblatt und Frontispiz im England der Neuzeit. Ed. Werner Busch, Hubertus Fischer, and Joachim Möller. Berlin: Lit Verlag, 2008. Pages 250-74.

Book submission: Elegiac Sonnets

Title: Elegiac Sonnets
Author: Smith, Charlotte
Publication date: London: J. Dodsley, 1784
Library: British Library
Call number: 11632 g.46
Submitted by: Michael Gamer
Description:
There are a number of corrections and additions.
1) It has a tipped in portrait from 1824 of Smith, and a bookplate: “Stainforth”
2) There also is a correction in the Preface in the first line on p. viii: “The Lines” is corrected to “The attempts” (In the 2nd ed and later this becomes “The little poems” – meaning this correction never happens).
3) On p. viii “some” is crossed out and “several” replaces it (this change is retained for good). This makes it into 2nd ed.
4) On “Sonnet VII: On the Departure of the Nightingale,” on line 10, “hides” is corrected to “shades.” This makes it into 2nd ed.
5) On p. 18 there are several changes at the end of “The Origin of Flattery”:
i) line 102: “faithful memory nurs’d” becomes “memory gently nurs’d” (In 2nd ed this is “memory fondly nurs’d”)
ii) line 108: “Tho’ thou prepar’st” becomes “Tho’ in a form” (This makes it into 2nd ed).
iii) line 109: “Thy pleasing spirit for” becomes “Thy dulcet spirit meets” (NB: in 2nd ed this is “Thy dulcet spirit for” in the 5th ed this is “Thy soothing spirit meets”)
6) On p. 22, “Sonnet, from Petrarch” line 7, “lovely tints” is corrected to “glowing tints” (This makes it into 2nd ed)
7) On p. 25, “Sonnet: To Spring” line 9, “torturing” is corrected to “tortur’d” (This doesn’t make it into 2nd ed).