Poems and Essays by a Lady Lately Deceased.
[ Bowdler, Jane ].

Bath: Printed by R. Crutwell 1786. First edition. Cracking to joint of front cover on first volume, likely repaired. Some rubbing to corners. Slight toning and minimal foxing, pages remain largely clean. Piece missing from the bottom of page 15, not affecting text. Pages 196 and 197 of the first volume and pages 30 and 31 of the second volume bear stains from the attached bookmark ribbon. Paper flaw in top right corner of page 125 in volume two. A good, sound set. Contemporary brown calf, stamped in gilt on spines, with red morocco labels on spines lettered in gilt. Marbled endpapers. Two volumes, octavo. pp. [i-iii], vi-v, 1, 26 (Item ID: 16661)


Jane Bowdler (1743-1784) was an English poet and essayist. The present volume, which collected pieces she wrote in her later years, was compiled posthumously by her sister and published for the benefit of a hospital in Bowdler’s hometown, near Bath. The work was hugely popular and, over the course of the thirty years after its first printing, was published in seventeen editions at Bath, as well as in several more editions in Dublin, London, and New York. Jane Bowdler was the sister of Henrietta Maria Bowdler (1750-1830) and Thomas Bowdler (1754-1825), who gained so much notoriety for publishing expurgated editions of Shakespeare that “bowdlerize” remains a term for censorship to this day.

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