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Good+; Hardcover; 24mo 5" - 6" tall; Boston; 120 pages, crimson quarter leather and plain paper covered boards; gilt lettering on spine. Hand-sewn binding quite solid though hinges are starting at endpapers. Moderate wear on edges; corners bumped. Paper covering boards chipped & stained. Gilt lettering on spine bright and intact. First inch at top of title page has been excised. Long handwritten passage about friendship written on front endpaper. Gift notation to Henry A. Stanton "from his friend and well-wisher", Sarah M. Gallup. "Voluntown" and another verse written in ink on rear endpapers, as well as some stray pencil markings. Preliminaries a bit soiled. Scattered foxing throughout. Poems intact and quite legible. Scarce -- only 6 holdings in OCLC. Including: Corisca, Invation to Miss B, On the Death of Mrs. Martineau, On the King's Illness, The Groans of the Tankard, On the Backwardness of the Spring 1771, An Address to the Deity, Verses on Mrs. Rowe, Ovid to His Wife, Hymn to Content, On a Lady's Writing, and more. Barbauld (1743-1845) was a noted literary critic, essayist, poet and children's author. Educated in the classics, and given freedom to pursue her interests, she began her career in 1773 with the publication of this collection, the well-received Poems. She continued to write books and numerous essays, taught school with her husband at the Palgrave Academy, and In 1791, she wrote An Epistle to William Wilberforce after his attempt to outlaw the slave trade failed. Her political writings engendered a bit of shock when the readers discovered that these well-reasoned essays were authored by a woman. Barbauld's poetic efforts ended in 1812 at the publication of Eighteen Hundred and Eleven, which was savaged by critics for her comments about Britain's participation in the Napoleonic Wars and the waning of the British empire ( as the American empire waxed). Packaged with care and shipped in a box.