London: Printed by Unwin Brothers for Private Circulation, 1873. First Edition. Quarto (22 x 17.5cm); , x, 11-284pp; portrait frontispiece with facsimile signature and tissue guard; brown boards with bevelled edges, black embossed borders and floral detail, gilt lettering, bands and floral detail, black endpapers.
Repaired horizontal tear to spine joining a 70mm vertical tear to hinge at the bottom of the back cover; head and tail worn; joints rubbed with one 5mm patch of wear; corners gently bruised, foot of spine abraded; edges a little scuffed with a few light dings to the bottom; boards faintly rubbed with a previous seller’s sticker price in the top left hand corner of the front board; edge of text block, particularly the bottom edge, are darkened, pages 141 onwards are dark and brittle; small closed tears without loss to pages 189-192; hinges are starting at endpapers and between pages 140 & 141; frontispiece has caused toning to opposite pages; heavy foxing until page 23, easing between pages 24 and 66, then occasional spotting throughout; a few light creases; the number ‘78’ written in pencil to the bottom of the last page. Item #884
This volume of poetry was published by the children of Anne Sturt (née Barnard, 1791-1872) shortly following her death and was intended for private circulation. Sturt clearly used poetry as a device for reflection, with pieces addressed to her family, friends and even a favourite dog.