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No Place: Printed for Private Circulation, (1881). First edition, first printing, one of only 50 copies printed at the Chiswick Press (Tarr, A31).Contemporary half-leather, marbled boards by Strakley, bound with the final blank. Anne Benson Procter, step-daughter of Basil Montagu, wife of Bryan Waller Procter (Barry Cornwall), printed these letters after Carlyle’s Reminiscences appeared in 1881, She felt that Carlyle had “vilified the memory of those who smiled upon him when he was obscure and friendless.” Basil Montagu was “…on intimate terms with Wordsworth and Coleridge.” His first son, Edward, lived with Wordsworth as a boy, and “…is mentioned in Wordsworth’s lines ‘To my Sister’ and ‘Anecdotes for Fathers’.” Montagu’s third wife, maiden name Benson, had known Robert Burns in her youth, “…was a fine woman, (who) in her middle age fascinated Edward Irving…” Irving introduced Carlyle into her circle in 1824 (James McMullen Rigg in DNB, who found nothing indicating disrespect of the family in "Reminiscences"). The letters in this volume, written between 1825 and 1830, are not printed in Carlyle’s "Early Letters" (1886) nor his "Letters 1826-1836", both issued by Macmillan. Some wear, a Very Good copy.
Title: Letters Addressed to Mrs. Basil Montagu and B.W. Procter by Mr. Thomas Carlyle.
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