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COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor (1772--1834)
The Devil's walk; a poem. By Professor Porson. Edited with a biographical memoir and notes by H.W. Montagu, ... Illustrated with beautiful engravings on wood by Bonner and Slader, after the designs of R. Cruikshank.
London: Marsh and Miller. And Constable and Co., Edinburgh, [1830].
31, [1] p. : [6] full-p. wd-engr. illus. ; 15.1 cm. (12º)

This is the second issue of the first edition with the error in pagination (i.e. the omission of pp. 21--22) in the first issue corrected. The verso of the title-page bears the imprint 'London: Printed By Samuel Bentley, Dorset-street, Fleet-street'. In its first form the squib consisted of only 13 stanzas, all by Coleridge, which were printed anonymously as 'The Devil's Thoughts' in The Morning Post on 6 September 1799. In 1827 Southey extended the original 13 stanzas to 57, the initial title was cancelled and a new one, The Devil's Walk introduced in its place. How this mock scholarly jeu d'esprit came to be fathered on the celebrated Greek scholar and Cambridge don, Richard Porson (1759--1808), and why Porson did not personally deny the attribution is unknown. Though the title-pages of the first and second issues of the first edition have no date, they were issued in paper wrappers dated 1830. The first edition to appear under Coleridge and Southey's names was published by Alfred Miller, 137 Oxford St., H. Constable, Edinburgh; and Griffin, Glasgow and Millikin, Dublin. This had two issues: one dated 1830, the other undated. See Thomas J. Wise, A bibliography of the writings in prose and verse of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, London: Bibliographical Society, 1913, nos. 68--70; A.M. Cohn, George Cruikshank: a catalogue raisonné, Bookman's Journal, 1924, no. 572; Hooked on Books 6.4.

Copy Notes Bound (1) with The real Devil's walk, Not by Professor Porson, 1830 (q.v.).

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt-ruled spine, gilt-lettered. Binding by Edwin Hutchinson for 1s. 6d., 17 July 1830. (Spiers Box, Binding 51).

Reference Number 1076


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