COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor (1772-1834) -- SOUTHEY, Robert (1774-1843), editor. The Annual Anthology. Bristol: Biggs and Co. for V.N. Longman and O. Rees, 1799-1800.
2 volumes, 8° (159 x 95mm). (Some spotting, without the cancelled leaf B8 in vol. I). Contemporary tree calf (upper cover of vol. I detached, vol. II with upper joints cracked and inner hinges split, extremities rubbed, corners bumped), red morocco solander case by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Provenance: volume II with Coleridge's autograph corrections to two poems ('Lewti,' pp. 23-25; 'Lines written ... at Elbingerode,' pp. 74-75) -- Thomas Poole (1765-1837, signature on front pastedown of vol. I) -- William Summers (bookplate and shelfmarks) -- James B. Clemens, his sale at Parke-Bernet, New York, 8 January 1945, lot 180, sold for $160 (£40) -- Walter P. Chrysler, his sale at Parke-Bernet, New York, 26 February 1952, lot 80, sold for $130.
AN IMPORTANT COPY WITH COLERIDGE'S LARGELY UNRECORDED AUTOGRAPH CORRECTIONS TO TWO POEMS. 'Lewti, or the Circassian Love-Chant' and 'Lines written in the Album at Elbingerode,' had previously appeared in The Morning Post on April 13, 1798 and September 17, 1799. The former has the interest of being a suppressed poem in Lyrical Ballads, only about 6 copies having the original uncancelled leaves; it began as a schoolboy poem of Wordsworth's, but became associated with Coleridge's love for Mary Evans and Sara Hutchinson. In Thomas Poole's copy of Southey's anthology, the second part of the opening 14-line stanza has been altered in order to make Lewti's beauty darker and more alluring; there are also amendments to the first, second and fourth stanzas, giving the poem more immediacy by changing the past to the present tense; these variations are unrecorded by Mays who was unable to locate the TP copy after its sale in 1945. In 'Lines written in the Album at Elbingerode, in the Hartz Forest,' 'Homeward' in line 5 becomes '[Dow]nward' as in the Yale copy; the change from 'A surging scene' to 'A land of Billows' in line 3, and the partial transposition in lines 27-28 ('Thy sands and high white cliffs! This heart was prou[d]/Fill'd with the thought of Thee, my native Land!') are unrecorded variations; two ms words have been cropped by the binder. Thomas Poole was the tanner living at Nether Stowey who found Coleridge the cottage there at the end of 1794. The means of his introduction to Thomas Wedgwood and his brothers, and to Sir Humphry Davy, he remained an important and valued friend. Ashley I, p. 199; Poetical Works, ed. J.C.C. Mays, 2001, II (Variorum Text) part 1, 172 & 200; Shepherd p. 26.