The Literary Souvenir.
London, Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green, 1828 [November 1827].
8vo. (12mo., large paper copy) pp. (xxii) 406. Original dark red half-morocco with gilt back and decorated corners, in early 19th century added side covers of yellow, glazed paper.
With 12 exquisite steel engravings (and extra, engraved title page), printed on India paper, and two wood engraved vignettes by John Thompson after popular artists of those days. Literary contributions by Rob Southey and Coleridge and a number of minor writers. A controversy arose between Coleridge and William Pickering, the publisher, about ‘Coleridge to Alaric A. Watts’ late in 1827 (notice kept with this copy). The poem was supposed to appear first in the Literary Souvenir for 1828 and later in the year in Pickering’s planned 3-volume edition of Coleridge’s Poetical Works (1828), where it appears in volume II p. 82. However, Pickering inserted the poem also in his competing annual the Bijou (p. 144-5), which was launched simultaneously with the Literary Souvenir for that year, i.e. in November 1827. The three versions of the poem are slightly different, though, as Coleridge used to make corrections and changes in his poems in a very casual way. A very nice copy with crisp and clean impressions of the engravings.