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.

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