Member Blogs > Gothica BooksThe errata leaf in Percy Bysshe Shelley's Posthumous Poems 1824.

  • Mon, 24 Mar 2014 03:23:03    Permalink

    Scholars have long puzzled over the errata leaf in Shelley’s Posthumous Poems.

    (The Errata Leaf to Shelley’s Posthumous Poems and Some Surprising Relationships between the Earliest Collected Editions
    Charles H. Taylor, Jr. PMLA Vol. 70, No. 3 (Jun., 1955), pp. 408-416 Published by: Modern Language Association
    Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/460046
    )

    Booksellers, generally, are of the opinion that a copy without the errata leaf must proceed one with although little is know about when it was added.

    This copy has 2 errata leaves. Bound in a modern library binding, the contents leaves are also mis-bound with xi preceding ix, x.

    The only provenance is a signature to first free endpaper. “Fran Phipps. June 26th 1838″.

    The small remains of a library sticker to the front paste-down and the library binding point to a history at some time in an institution but alas without more information that is where the trail ends.

    I am interested to consider opinions on from anyone who might be able to spread some light on this biblio-mystery.

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