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The Borough A Poem In Twenty Four Letters

By George Crabbe

1812

J Hatchard : London

7" by 4"

xlvi, [2], 4-179pp; 4-211pp, [4]

 

 

 

DETAILS

An early edition of this famous poem by the English poet, surgeon and clergyman George Crabbe. Signed to the half-title page of volume I 'To Miss Waldron, From the Author'. Signed copies by Crabbe are extremely rare.

The 'Miss Waldron' mentioned to the half-title page, and the prior owner of this work, is likely to be Maria Waldron. Maria Waldron was Crabbe's closest friend in Trowbridge and she has a poem dedicated to her in his 'Poems of Love and Friendship' collection titled 'Maria Waldron's Birthday'. There are also two letters addressed to Maria Waldron in his 'Selected Letters: Trowbridge Years'. Crabbe's second son was named John Waldron Crabbe, which further indicates how close the Crabbe family were to Miss Waldron. The Oxford DNB notes regarding Crabbe and Waldron's relationship that for 'many years it was rumoured that they would marry, but she died a spinster'. This is the fourth edition of this poetical work, which is one of Crabbe's most noted works. Structurally, 'The Borough' is arranged as a series of 24 letters presented in heroic couplets. The poems cover various aspects of borough life. Letter XXII, 'Peter Grimes' formed the basis for Benjamin Britten's opera of the same name. Crabbe was an English poet, surgeon and clergyman. He is best known for his uses of the realistic narrative form.

CONDITION

In full calf bindings. Externally, rubbed to the joints and extremities. Front hinge and joint to volume I has failed with the board detached but present. Rear hinge and joint are weak and have been previously reinforced with tape by a prior owner. Both joints and hinges to volume II are tender, with cords showing. Small loss to the spines due to rubbing. Several small marks to the boards. Author's inscription to the half-title page of volume I 'To Miss Waldron, From the Author'. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are slightly age toned to the edges with the occasional light spots.

Overall Condition: Good Only

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