These verses are often attributed to Esther Milnes Day (1753-1792), wife of the poet Thomas Day. However, "Eliza" seems to have been a common signature for women poets of the 18th century and the author may also be the poet Elizabeth Ryves (1750-97) or the poet Eliza Day (ca. 1734-1814). When this scarce volume was first published, a review in British Critic stated: "Judicious friends would have advised the fair writer to omit the complimentary poems to herself, and perhaps the portion which is denominated comic poetry. Eliza most excels in the pathetic, and the lines on the death of a tender mother have very consideralbe merit." Besides the aforementioned poem, anyone who has ever feared for the life of a sick pet will sympathize with "Lines on a favourite Squirrel." Note the notation to Fitzroy Teetotal Library on the title page; the Fitzroy Teetotal Association was founded in London in 1839 and its hall was located at 21 Little Portland Street.
Publisher: Cadell and Davies; Bell and Bradfute
Edition: Sole edition
Date Published: 1796
Place Published: London; Edinburgh
Condition: Good +
Dust Jacket: No
Jacket Condition: n/a
Details: xii, 172 p. 16 cm. Engraved frontispiece. Full leather with gold trim on boards. Respined, edges repaired, corners rebuilt. Hinges repaired internally. Ink inscription on title page. Some dampstains, becoming darker towards rear. Pages wrinkled.