COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor (1772-1834), Charles LAMB (1775-1834) and Charles LLOYD (1775-1839). Poems. Bristol: N. Biggs for J. Cottle, and Messrs. Robinsons, London, 1797.
8° (157 x 93mm). Errata slip pasted down on verso of final leaf. (Occasional stains and soil marks at margins.) Contemporary tree calf, spine with gilt-ruled compartments and morocco lettering-piece (upper joints cracked, spine slightly chipped at head, extremities lightly rubbed), morocco-backed blue cloth case by James Macdonald, New York. Provenance: Charles Lloyd (signature on title) -- contemporary 2-line Latin inscription on front free endpaper -- William Reynolds Lloyd (19th-century armorial bookplate) -- purchased from James F. Drake, New York, 11 March 1941, $300. Exhibited: Grolier Club (1950s exhibition label loosely inserted).
CHARLES LLOYD'S COPY. Coleridge's Poems on Various Subjects had first been published in London the previous year. The second edition was 'an even more heterogeneous volume than its predecessor,' with 'Religious Musings' still taking pride of place and the inclusion of a fine dedicatory poem to his brother George, but with almost a hundred pages of verse by Lamb and Lloyd rather indiscriminately added, and a few other poems of Coleridge's 'reprieved from immediate oblivion' as his footnote put it. Lloyd, the son of a quaker banker and philanthropist, had published his own volume of poems as early as 1795 at Carlisle. He met Coleridge the following year, during the latter's visit to Birmingham to promote the Watchman, and quickly became a form of private pupil, his father paying Coleridge a much needed £80 a year in return for three hours' daily instruction. The two lived together at Kingsdown, Bristol, and at the end of 1796 Lloyd moved with the Coleridges to Nether Stowey. Once there, he began to suffer fits but until the summer of 1797 Lloyd was either residing at Nether Stowey or with Charles Lamb in London. The title page to the present collection contains a Latin motto on the mutual friendship of the authors, attributed to 'Groscollius,' but in reality by Coleridge whose contributions include lines to 'C. Lloyd on his proposing to domesticate with the author,' and 'To Charles Lloyd, An unexpected Visitor.' Lloyd returned the compliment with 'Lines addressed to S.T. Coleridge.' However, in the preface Coleridge hints that the inclusion of so many poems by Lloyd was against his own inclination: 'My friend, Charles Lloyd ... has contributed every poem of his, which he deemed worthy of preservation.' Ashley I, p. 199; Shepherd p. 16.