New York: Harper & Brothers, 1846, 1843, 1847, 1840. Later American edition. Hardcover. Octavo. Original calf with blind-stamped ruling on cover, gilt lettering on black labels, with ruling and tooling on spine. Marbled edges and endpapers. Frontispiece portrait engraving of Hannah More with tissue guard. Engraved title pages of earlier edition with tissue guards. Second title pages. Greatly enlarged edition compare to the first American "Complete Works."
"It may not, it is presumed, be thought necessary to apologize for the publication of this collection, by enumerating all the reasons which produced it. "Desire of friends" is now become a proverbial satire; the poet is driven from that once creditable refuge, behind which an unfounded eagerness to appear in print used to shelter itself; and is obliged to abandon the untenable forts and fastnesses of this last citadel of affectation. Dr. Johnson's sarcasm upon one plea will apply to all, and put to flight the whole hackneyed train of false excuses–" If the book were not written to be printed, I presume it was printed to be read." (Preface). Binding with some wear, small, narrow scuff on covers, with light wear along edges, and some light staining. Some foxing, mostly on first and last few pages. Binding in overall good, interiors in good to very good condition. g to vg. Item #45425
Hannah More (1745–1833), born in Bristol, was an English poet and playwright, known for her religious writings and her role as a philanthropist. Several schools were named after her and in 2012 her image was used on the so-called Bristol Pound. More was educated in mathematics, Latin and French by her father and elder sisters. She engaged in the campaign against slave trade.