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THURLOW, Edward Hovell-Thurlow, 2nd Baron (1781--1829)
Poems on several occasions: by Edward, Lord Thurlow. The second edition: considerably enlarged.
London: printed by William Bulmer and Co. Shakspeare Press, for Messrs. White, Cochrane, and Co., 1813.
viii, 240 p. ; 17.9 cm. (8°)

First published as Verses on several occasions, 1812. Dedicated to Francis, Earl Moira. This reprints the sonnets prefixed to Thurlow's edition of Sidney's Defence of poesy, 1810, in conjunction with 'Hermilda', an imitation of Tasso, and 'Sylva', containing 62 poems. An appendix to Poems on several occasions was published in the same year (q.v.). This publication was a brave act by the nephew of Lord Chancellor Thurlow. He issued it at his own expense, beautifully printed by Bulmer, despite a financial crisis and the derision of some of his contemporaries. The poems, romantic in nature, full of classical, pastoral, and heroic allusions, may be enjoyed as a serious contribution to the genre of bad verse -- the so-called poetry of the 'Stuffed Owl'. Byron, dining with Rogers and Moore, opened the Sylva to the poem addressed to Rogers, 'but when he tried to recite it, he could not get beyond the first line ... without bursting into laughter, which infected the company'. A few days later he sent these impromptu lines to Moore along with several parodies: 'When Thurlow this damned nonsense sent / (I hope I am not violent) / Nor men, nor Gods knew what he meant. / And since not ev'n our Rogers' praise / To common sense his thoughts could raise-- / Why would they let him print his lays?'. (See Byron, Complete poetical works, ed. J.J. McGann, vol. 3, p. 426).

Copy Notes An undated MS. inscription on a paper slip bound before the half-title reads: J. Soane Esqr. / With Lord Thurlow's Compliments. The quality of the paper, and the uneven edges of the slip, suggest that the inscription may have been roughly cut from wrapping-paper surrounding the book when it was first delivered. It seems likely that the copy of An appendix to Poems on several occasions was presented on the same occasion, although both items were later separately rebound.

Binding C19th maroon half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-ruled spine, green spine-label. Presumably the copy of 'Thurlow's Poems roy. 12mo' bound for 1s. 6d. by Edwin Hutchinson, 26 July 1830. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.7.49; Spiers Box).

Reference Number 1512


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