The Description of Bath. A Poem. Humbly Inscribed to Her Royal Highness the Princess Amelia...To which are added Several Poems by the same Author

London: Printed [by Samuel Richardson] for James Leake, Bookseller in Bath, 1736. First collected edition, called the “Third Edition” on the title in deference to the two previous editions in folio of “The Description of Bath” alone. In fact, that poem takes up less than a third of the present volume, The remainder is devoted to some fine local poems, most addressed to women friends, though there is one “To Dr. Oliver, Who corrected my Bath Poem.”. A very good, clean copy, bound with the half-title and the terminal ads. Modern quarter morocco over marbled boards, gilt spine. New endpapers. Octavo. [xii], 77, [1], [8, ads] pp. Item #15349

Mary Chandler (1687-1745) was the eldest daughter of Henry Chandler (d. 1717), a dissenting minister from Wiltsire, who moved to Bath. A spinal injury precluded marriage, but to earn money for her family, she set up a milliner’s shop in Bath before she was twenty. Believing that ‘”as her person would not recommend her, she must endeavour to cultivate her mind, to make herself agreeable,” she embarked upon a programme of self-education by studying the classics in translation as well as reading contemporary authors” (Cibber, 5.348, quoted in Oxford DNB). She particularly admired Horace and Alexander Pope. In 1733, she published a Description of Bath. Very popular with the many visitors to Bath, it went through a fourth edition in 1767.

Foxon, English Verse 1701-1750, C109. Samuel Richardson, Printer, 190.

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