WORDSWORTH, William (& COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor) Lyrical Ballads, with Pastoral and Other Poems. Vol. I: 3rd edn; Vol. II: 2nd edn. 2 vols. T.N. Longman & O. Rees. 1802
Illustrated with 23 original silhouettes bound in at the end of each volume (12 in vol. I, 11 in vol. II). Contemp. full straight grained green morocco, spines expertly replaced with matching green calf, gilt ornaments, dentelles & single-ruled borders, tan & black leather labels. Booklabels of A. Lubbock on leading pastedowns, partly obscuring earlier signatures of C. Gell. a.e.g. A v.g. handsome copy.
¶Wise (6). The first edition of 1798 comprised one volume only. For the second edition, a second volume of poems was added, with vol. I only designated 'second edition'. For the next edition, 1802, the one here presented, vol. I was thus the 'third edition', while vol. II was the 'second edition'. In this edition Wordsworth further expanded the celebrated preface, as well as editing the poems in several places. One of Wordsworth's poems was excised completely, as well as Coleridge's 'The Dungeon', reducing his contribution to just four pieces. The Argument to Ancient Mariner was also omitted. This copy has been augmented with the addition of 23 delicate silhouettes, cut from black paper and laid on to blanks, bound in at the end of each volume. These early images are unsigned, but each is accompanied by an ms. caption in a contemp. hand and page reference. Two silhouettes may have been excised (or never completed), as two text references appear without an accompanying image.