London: John Murray, 1815. [Romantic Poetry] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (22 x 14cm), pp. 53 . Recently re-backed in tan calf with raised bands and gilt titles to black label; incorporating contemporary tan calf boards by W. Nutt, marbled endpapers and edges. Bound without the advertisement and without the half title, making it impossible to discern the issue. Some chips from endpapers; rubbing and bumping to boards. Very good. A collection written to accompany music published by Isaac Nathan between 1815 and 1816, which he claimed (erroneously) to consist of melodies composed and performed before the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. Beginning with 'She Walks in Beauty' (1813), the collection runs to 20 poems, some being Romantic pieces which fit the theme, others being about particular events in Jewish history, such as 'Vision of Belshazzar' and 'The Destruction of Semnacherib.'. Item #53559
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