The Improvisatrice and Other Poems
London: Hurst, Robinson & Co, 1824. Second Edition. Published in the same year as the First edition. Full leather with gilt spine decoration and title to a burgundy label. Good clean condition with a little cracking to the spine only. (holding well.) Frontis of the Devil (?) providing herbs to attract a woman's faithless lover's heart to be hers again. Engraved additional title with vignette of Florence. Title, 326 pages. The binding is a little tight, so the book does not fully open easily. 165 by 100mm (6½ by 4 inches). Romantic poetry. The authoress died after taking an accidental overdose of Prussic Acid at 36 years. She was known as 'The Female Byron.' She had influence on Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning and Christina Rossetti. Her influence can also be found in Alfred Tennyson and in America, where she was very popular. Poe regarded her genius as self-evident. In spite of these wide influences, due to the perceived immorality of Landon's lifestyle, her works were largely ignored or misrepresented after her death.