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DORSET, Catherine Ann (1750?--1817?)
The peacock at home; and other poems. By Mrs. Dorset.
London: printed for John Murray; J. Harris; and Manners and Miller, Edinburgh; by Harding and Wright, 1809.
[2], iii, [3], 126, [2] p. ; 17.1 cm. (8°)

Mrs Dorset's earliest poems were first published anonymously in her sister, Charlotte Smith's collection Conversations introducing poetry; ... for the use of young persons, 1804, and reclaimed and added to this volume which was first published in 1807 as 'a Sequel to the Butterfly's Ball. By a Lady', for No. 2 of the Harris's Cabinet series (see Gentleman's Magazine, 1807, ii, pp. 946, 998, 1222) and reissued in 1809 under Dorset's name. 'The favour with which the little poem, intitled 'The Peacock at Home', has been received in its juvenile form, has induced me to republish it, in one more worthy of those who have expressed a desire to see it transplanted from the nursery, to a more honourable station. It is also in compliance with the opinion of others, that I have added notes to the present edition ...' - Preface. More than four million copies were sold in the first twelve months and at least twenty-six editions were published in the first five years thereafter. William Mulready's illustrations are not included in this edition. With a final publisher's advertisement leaf. Printed on pink paper.

Copy Notes With a 12-page catalogue of medical books published by John Murray bound at the end (q.v.). Ownership signature of Soane's wife on front pastedown: Elizth: Soane / 1815. Pencilled note on first free-endpaper, perhaps made for an inventory and probably in the hand of George Bailey, Soane's assistant and the Museum's first curator: F[ront?]. Bed Room.

Binding Original C19th blue boards, printed white spine-label reading 'Mrs. Dorset's Poems. 6s Boards.'

Reference Number 1411


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