COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor (1772-1834) -- ARISTAENETUS (fl. 5th or 6th century A.D.). Epistolae Graecae cum Latina interpretatione et notis [by Josias Mercerus]. Paris: Marc Orry, 1610.
4° (170 x 110mm). Parallel text in Greek and Latin. (Title soiled and creased, H5 with severe tear affecting top 3 lines of text, final leaf torn with loss to 6 lines recto and verso.) Contemporary vellum with painted on lettering-piece (lower cover slightly torn), red morocco solander case by Riviere. Provenance: Royal Library (bookplate of George I by Pine; and inscription 'Bt. of Mr. Thurlbourne Apr. 24. 1746. Dupl. of ye Royal Library' on title verso -- S. T. Coleridge (inside front cover inscribed 'S.T. Coleridge/1809/Bought at Brown's Penrith'; title signed 'S.T. Coleridge') -- [? W.H.P. Coleridge] -- Parke-Bernet, New York, 18 February 1941, lot 140 -- Parke-Bernet, 29 January 1951, lot 125 -- purchased at Parke-Bernet, 18 October 1955, lot 270, $27.50.
THE GEORGE I-COLERIDGE COPY OF ARISTAENETUS. This was the third edition published by Orry, the first appearing in 1594. The Brown of the inscription is John Brown, printer of the Friend. Coleridge left Allan Bank for Penrith on 12 February 1809 in order to visit him and arrange for publication of the first issue. Thereafter he frequently travelled between Keswick, Penrith and Appleby in order to prepare the Friend for publication. At the end of May, Wordsworth told Thomas Poole that he had no confidence in Coleridge's 'moral constitution' since he had been in Penrith for three weeks without writing; he may possibly have preferred reading the love stories of Aristaenetus, written in epistolary form, to corresponding with Wordsworth whose 'patriarchal presence' at Allan Bank had become increasingly oppressive. The first number of the Friend appeared on 1st June. With one exception, every issue came out regularly until Christmas, and Coleridge made regular walking trips to Penrith (28 miles by Kirkstone Pass) to deliver copy. However, early in the new year Brown 'absconded' to Scotland, taking with him all Coleridge's remaining paper stocks and his specially purchased small Pica typefount. Coffman A90.