Fragments, in Prose and Verse: by Miss Elizabeth Smith, Lately deceased. With some account of her life and character, by H.M. Bowdler. A new edition.

London: Printed by Richard Cruttwell...and sold by Cadell and Davies... 1810. First published in 1808, two years after the author’s premature death. Frontisportrait. Binding extremities rubbed and occasionally worn, some light foxing. Ink signatures on half-titles (“Sophia JB Price. Additional signature with annotation on an opening blank of Volume I: “Sophia Boodie Septr. 1st 1810. A Birthday present from my dear Mary—“ A good copy. Half calf over marbled boards. Spines stamped in gilt and blind, black morocco labels. Edges sprinkled blue. Two volumes, octavo. xxii, 274; xiv, 242 pp. Item #14316

Elizabeth Smith (1776–1806) was an accomplished scholar, though largely self-taught. She knew French, Italian, Spanish, German, Arabic, Persian, Greek, Latin, Hebrew, some Syriac, and Erse, and was studied in music, mathematics, and astronomy. Henrietta Maria Bowdler, her great friend, introduced her to Elizabeth Hamilton, who greatly admired her. Hannah More praised her in Coelebs in Search of a Wife (1804). In her short life, she completed a translation of Job, and translated F. G. Klopstock's memoirs for publication. This posthumous work proved very popular, going through sixteen editions before 1815.

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