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15th century poetry by an 18th century youth  

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Poems, Supposed to Have Been Written at Bristol, by Thomas Rowley, and Others in the Fifteenth Century

[Chatterton, Thomas]


T. Payne and Son



xxviii, 307 pp. (8vo) 22.5x13.5 cm (9x5¼") original paper-backed boards, edges untrimmed. First Edition.

Second state, with leaf C4 a cancel. Rowley was the literary creation of the very young Thomas Chatterton, writing in the guise of a 15th Century monk. Chatterton committed suicide by poison in 1770 at the age of 17. He became a heroic tragic figure in Romantic art. Very rare in the original untrimmed state.

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Small label on front, spine with faint old hand lettering, boards worn; early owner's name on title page, some foxing; very good.

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