London: Printed by N. Biggs, for J. Cottle, Bristol, and Messrs. Robinsons, 1797. Second edition. Rare presentation copy of the 1797 second edition (much revised by Coleridge and greatly expanded with new poems by both authors). Small octavo, modern three quarter red morocco, raised bands, marbled boards and end-papers, top edge gilt. Early presentation note from Charles Lamb bound in before the title page: "To my dear friend William Hone | Charles Lamb | Oct. 1811."
Hone was a literary man and something of an early entrepreneur. One venture, that ultimately ended in failure, was his stint as an antiquarian bookseller. His friendship with Charles Lamb is well-documented.
The first edition (and Coleridge's first book of poems), published the previous year, contained Lamb's first published verses. The second edition was published after Coleridge extensively revised his contribution and added a new Preface. Lamb added an additional 10 poems to the second edition (including "Childhood") in addition to the four that were published in the first edition.
Two bookplates on the front paste-down, front end-paper cracking. Inscription a bit faded, but easily legible. A lovely copy, with an excellent association. This copy previously sold by Bauman Rare Books. (Item #1896)