Richard Herne Shepherd.

The bibliography of Coleridge; a bibliographical list, arranged in chronological order, of the published and privately-printed writings in verse and prose of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, including his contributions to annuals, magazines, and periodical publications, posthumous works, memoirs, editions, online

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The following Bibliography was originally
published during the summer of 1895 in
Notes and Queries * It had been the inten-
tion of Mr. Shepherd to reprint it with addi-
tions and corrections in a separate pamphlet
form, uniform with the privately printed
bibliographies previously issued by him be-
tween 1878 and 1887, but this design was
interrupted by his premature death. As
several notes which had been collected by
him for this purpose were in existence, it has
been thought well to complete the work
according to his original design, and to lay

* 8th S., vii, 361, 401, 443, 482, 502.


the results before the public. This design
was, briefly, to give a bibliographical list of

(a) all the works in prose and verse which
had been written by Coleridge, or to which
he had contributed, during his lifetime ;

(b) all the collected editions of his poems (for
no collected edition of his prose works has
yet been issued in England) which possess
any individual features of their own, and are
not mere reprints of former editions ; (c) the
posthumous works edited by his relatives and
friends ; (d) the principal Memoirs, Bio-
graphies, and Recollections which deal with
his life and character ; and (e) the chief books
and periodicals containingjetters of Coleridge
or referring to his marginalia, lectures, and
other literary remains. Every effort has been
made to render the Bibliography, within these
limits, as complete and accurate as possible ;
but it would have been beyond its scope to
have enumerated the numerous books of an
unimportant nature, or the countless maga-
zine articles dealing with the life and work


of Coleridge which have been published since
his death. In revising Mr. Shepherd's work,
I have endeavoured to preserve its physio-
gnomy as far as possible, and to keep it in
line with his previous bibliographies.

It no more falls within the province of a
bibliographer than it does within that of an
anatomist to give an estimate of the character
of his " subject," either as a writer or a man.
The less is this necessary in the case of
Coleridge, as within recent years two most
illuminative " appreciations " of him have
been given to the world which leave little for
any succeeding writer to say. The study
of Coleridge, firstly as a psychologist and
secondly as a poet, which Mr. Walter Pater
prefixed to the selections from his poems in
Mr. T. H. Ward's " English Poets," and
which was afterwards published in " Appre-
ciations, with an Essay on Style," reaches, I
venture to think, the high-water mark of
criticism, but it is closely approached by the
admirable essay which serves as an Introduc-


tion to Dr. Richard Garnett's edition of " The
Poetry of Coleridge ' in " The Muses'
Library." But neither of these writers lays
much stress upon what seems to me the
dominant feature in Coleridge's character.
Mr. Dykes Campbell points out that " his
will was congenitally weak, and his habits
weakened it still further "; but I apprehend
that it was not so much weakness of will
as absolute absence of volition, which chiefly
characterized him. A remark which was made
by a shrewd and observant associate of his
more youthful days has much impressed me.
Charles Lloyd wrote in a letter to his
brother* when The Friend was in its earliest
struggles : " Coleridge has such a lamentable
want of voluntary power. If he is excited by
a remark in company, he will pour forth, in
an evening, without the least apparent effort,
what would furnish matter for a hundred
essays ; but the moment that he is to write,
not from present impulse, but from pre-

* " Charles Lamb and the Lloyds," 1898, p. 244.


ordained deliberation, his powers fail him,
and I believe there are times when he could
not pen the commonest notes." This failing
is prominent throughout his literary life ; his
motive-power was external to himself. He
first lighted his torch at the fire that burnt
on Bowles's altar. His acquaintance with
Wordsworth led to the discovery of the
romance there is in Nature. But even then
his inspiration needed a spur, and it was
a paragraph in Shelvocke that produced the
first imaginative poem of the century, and
a doze over Marco Polo's description of the
Great Kaan in Xanadu that begot a fragment
that has no rival out of dreamland. There can
be little doubt that some accidental circum-
stance of a similar nature led to the inception
of " Christabel "; but when the time arrived
for the completion of the poem the stimulus
had vanished. It is this want of initiative,
combined with an imagination almost mes-
meric in its power, that renders Coleridge so
commanding and yet so feeble a personality.


To revert to the Bibliography, I must
record with gratitude the great assistance
I have received from the late Mr. Dykes
Campbell's edition of Coleridge's " Poetical
Works"; and it is pleasant to recall the
cordial manner in which that ideal Editor on
more than one occasion referred to the work
of his predecessor, the compiler of this Biblio-
graphy, whose edition of the Poems appeared
in 1877. Mr. Shepherd's Memoir which
was prefixed to that edition is also mentioned
in appreciative terms by Dr. Garnett. In
conclusion, I have to express my obligations
to Mr. Brimley Johnson for some valuable
Cambridge notes, and to Mr. W. C. Beeten-
son for the help he has afforded me in pre-
paring these pages for the press, and in the
work of revision and collation.

W. F. P.



POSTHUMOUS WORKS - - - - - 64.


TABLE-TALK - - - - - - "7^

MARGINALIA - - - - 79

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- - - - 8+

- - - - 89







Greek Prize Ode on the Slave Trade.
Cambridge, 1792.

This Ode, of which a few stanzas were printed by
Coleridge as a note to his portion of the "Joan of Arc"
volume of 1796, was first published in Mr. Dykes
Campbell's edition of the "Poetical Works," 1893,
Appendix B, p. 476. It won for Coleridge the Browne
Gold Medal.


Monody on the Death of Chatterton.

The first draft of this poem, which differs materially
from, and is much shorter than, the later and revised
versions, was contributed to a book of exercises kept
by the Head Master of Christ's Hospital. It next ap-
peared, altered and enlarged, but anonymously, in a
one-volume octavo edition of Chatterton's "Rowley
Poems," published at Cambridge while Coleridge was
in residence there.

The engraved title reads: "Poems, supposed to have
been written at Bristol in the 15th century, by Thomas
Rowley. Cke trae Fhuome del sepolcro ed in vita il
serba. Petrarca. Cambridge. Printed by B. Flower
for the Editor and sold by J. and J. Merrill and W. H.
Lunn, Cambridge, Egertons, Military Library, Debrett,
Piccadilly, Edwards, Pall Mall, and Deighton, Holborn,
London." 8vo., pp. xxix+ 329.

The preface is signed " L.S." (Lancelot Sharpe), and
is dated "Pembroke Coll. July 20, 1794." Cole-
ridge's " Monody" occupies pp. xxv-xxviii.

The Fall of Robespierre. An Historic
Drama. By S. T. Coleridge, of Jesus
College, Cambridge. Cambridge : Printed
by Benjamin Flower, for W. H. Lunn,
and J. and J. Merrill ; and sold by J. March,
Norwich, 1 794 [Price One Shilling], 8vo.,


pp. 37. Dedication (p. 3) to H. Martin,
Esq., of Jesus College, Cambridge.

Contains the song of-" Domestic Peace," afterwards
included in the Bristol volume of 1796. There is
generally stitched in at the end, or bound up with this
tragedy, " Proposals for publishing by subscription,
Imitations from the Modern Latin Poets, with a
Critical and Bibliographical Essay on the Restoration
of Literature. By S. T. Coleridge, of Jesus College,
Cambridge." This was to include a selection from the
Lyrics of Casimir and a new translation of the Basia of
Secundus. The scheme was never carried out, and
only two or three specimens remain in The Watchman
and elsewhere. The first only of the three acts of this
tragedy was contributed by Coleridge, the other two
being written by Southey, whose name, however, does
not appear. Five hundred copies were printed, and
sold at a shilling. This juvenile work is reprinted in
the first volume of Coleridge's " Literary Remains,"
published posthumously in 1836, and in the four -volume
edition of Coleridge's " Poetical and Dramatic Works,"
published by the late Mr. Basil Montagu Pickering in
1877, and afterwards reissued by Macmillan and Co.
in 1880.

Contributions in Verse to The Cambridge
Intelligencer and to The Morning Chronicle,


including a series of Sonnets to Eminent
Characters. Some of these, but not all,
were reprinted, with more or less alteration,
in the volume of" Poems," by S. T. Cole-
ridge, published at Bristol in 1796.

An incomplete collection of The Cambridge Intelli-
ge?uer, containing some, but wanting also some, of the
Coleridge numbers, is among the "Country News-
papers" in the Library of the British Museum.
Whether a complete file of the newspaper exists at
Cambridge or elsewhere I have had no opportunity of
ascertaining.* It is amusing to find that in 1795 Cole-
ridge professed already to look upon Southey as an
" Eminent Character." Southey had, at that time,
published nothing with his name, except a thin volume
of "Poems," by " Bion and Moschus " (the joint pro-
duction of himself and Robert Lovell), which had just
appeared at Bath.t

The following is a fairly complete list of Coleridge's
recognised contributions :

* I have a note to the effect that a complete series
is in the possession of Mr. Fordham, of Ashwell, Herts.

t " Poems," by Robert Lovell and Robert Southey,
of Balliol College. Bath : Printed by A. Cruttwell,


1 794.] OF COLERIDGE 5

" The Cambridge Intelligencer."

1. No. 63. 1794. Sept. 27. " Lines written at the

King's Arms, Ross."

2. No. 65. 1794. Oct. 11. "Absence."

3. No. 67. 1794. Oct. 25. "Anna and Harland.'

4. No. 68. 1794. Nov. 1. "Genevieve."

5. No. 179. 1796. Dec. 17. "Addressed to a

Young Man of Fortune."

6. No. 181. 1796. Dec. 31. "Ode for the Last

Day of the Year 1796."*

" The Morning Chronicle."

1. 1793. Nov. 7. " To Fortune.''

2. 1794. Sept. 23 or 27 (?). "Elegy, imitated from

,, „ " Epitaph on an Infant."

3. 1794. Dec. I. "To the Honourable Mr. Erskine."

(Sonnet I.)

4. 1794. Dec. 9. " Burke." (Sonnet II.)

5. 1794. Dec. II. "Priestley." (Sonnet III.)

6. 1794. Dec. 15. " La Fayette." (Sonnet IV.)

7. 1794. Dec. 16. " Koskiusko." (Sonnet V.)

8. 1794. Dec. 23. "Pitt." (Sonnet VI.)

9. 1794. Dec. 26. "To the Rev. W. L. Bowles."

(Sonnet VII.)

* Simultaneously printed as a separate quarto
pamphlet under the title of " Ode on the Departing
Year" (see p. 15).


10. 1794. Dec. 29. "Mrs.Siddons." (Sonnet VIII.)

11. 1794. Dec. 30. "Address to a Young Jackass

and its tethered Mother. In familiar verse."*

12. 1795. Jan. 10. "To William Gddwin."

(Sonnet IX.)
J 3- J 795- J an - H- "To Robert Southey."

(Sonnet X.)
14 1795. Jan. 29. " To Richard Brinsley Sheridan,

Esq." (Sonnet XI.)
15. 1795. Jan. 31, " To Lord Stanhope."


Poems by Francis Wrancham, M.A.,
Member of Trinity College, Cambridge.
London : Sold by T. Mawman, 22, Poultry.
nmo., pp. viii-f in.

This is a tiny volume of poems which were privately
printed in 1795 by the Rev. Francis (afterwards Arch-
deacon) Wrangham. At p. 78 are some Latin verses
by Wrangham, headed " Hendecasyllabi ad Bruntonam

* A very early version of this poem, still existing in
Coleridge's manuscript, and headed " Monologue to a
Young Jackass in Jesus Piece — its Mother near it
chained to a Log," is printed by Mr. Dykes Campbell in
his edition of Coleridge's "Poetical Works," 1893,
p. 477, Appendix C.


e Granta exituram," of which a translation by Cole-
ridge (whose initials, " S.T.C.," are given as those of
the author in the Table of Contents), headed " Trans-
lated by a Friend," was printed on the following page,
followed by a short original poem of three stanzas.

An interesting letter from Coleridge to Wrangham,
referring to this matter, was sold at Sotheby's on July 2 1,
1900. This letter was dated September 26, 1794, and
contains the following passage : " I finished the trans-
lation — or rather Imitation of your exquisite Brun-
toniad. I am afraid the thoughts in my language will
appear like the Armour of Saul on David. However,
you have both the Esse and the Posse of my poor
Muse. I am labouring under a waking Night-mair
(sic) of Spirits." The translation referred to covered
two pages of the letter, and commenced : " To Miss
Brunton (now Pvlrs. Merry), on her departure from
Cambridge, Oct., 1790. Imitated from the Latin of
the Rev. F. Wrangham :

"Maid of unboastful charms, whom white -robed
truth," etc.

Wrangham's hendecasyllables were addressed to Miss
Elizabeth Brunton, the distinguished actress, who
married Robert Merry, the dramatist and Della-Crus-
can ; Coleridge's little poem to one of the younger
sisters, of whom there were five. The youngest of all,
Louisa, after a successful career on the stage, married
the Earl of Craven, but she was probably not more
than ten or twelve years of age in 1795.


A Moral and Political Lecture, de-
livered at Bristol. By S. T. Coleridge, of
Jesus College, Cambridge.

" To calm and guide

The swelling democratic tide ;
To watch the state's uncertain frame ;
To baffle Faction's partial aim ;
But chiefly with determined zeal
To quell the servile Band that kneel
To Freedom's jealous foes ;
And lash that monster, who is daily found
Expert and bold our Country's peace to wound,
Yet dreads to handle arms, nor manly counsel knows. '


Bristol : Printed by George Routh, in Corn
Street. Price, Sixpence. 8vo., pp. 19.

This pamphlet was probably issued in February,
1795, and was reprinted in the following November,
with some alterations, under the following title :

Conciones ad Populum. Or Addresses to
the People. By S. T. Coleridge. 1795.
i2mo., pp. 69.

Issued in dark-blue wrapper, with half-title only,
bearing the author's, but no publisher's, name. In a
note to the Introduction of his " Second Lay Sermon,"


p. ix, Coleridge says of these Addresses that " though
a few copies were printed, they can scarcely be said to
have been published."

The Plot Discovered ; or, An Address to
the People, against Ministerial Treason,
by S. T. Coleridge. Bristol, 1795. Small
8vo., pp. 52.

Issued in gray wrappers, the upper one bearing the
half-title, "A Protest against Certain Bills. Bristol :
Printed for the Author, November 28, 1795."

Like the preceding item, this pamphlet bears no
printer's or publisher's name ; but in an advertisement
page attached to the " Poems " of 1796 the publisher
of both brochures, as well as of The Watchman, is stated
to be Parsons, of Paternoster Row.


The Watchman : a Periodical Publication,
in Prose and Verse. Bristol, 1796. The
first number was stated to be " Published
by the author, S. T. Coleridge, Bristol, and
sold by all the Booksellers and News-
carriers in the Town and Country," and


the second and following numbers to be
" Published by the author, S. T. Cole-
ridge, and by Parsons, Paternoster Row,
London." Each number bore the motto :
" That all may know the truth, and that
the truth may make us free." 8vo.,
pp. 1-324.

The Watchman was a commercial failure ; it stopped
with its tenth number on May 13, 1796, having failed
to kindle the political ardour or enthusiasm of the
Laodicean inhabitants of Bristowa. It had a very slow
and small sale; and Coleridge, in his " Biographia
Literaria " (published twenty years afterwards), records
how his maid-servant used the unsold copies to light the
fire. It has now, after the lapse of a century, become
a rarity.

The following poems by Coleridge were first pub-
lished in The Watchman :

No. I. March 1, 1796. "To a Young Lady."
No. II. March 9, 1796. "Ad Lyram."
No. III. March 17, 1796.

" The Hour when we shall meet again."
No. IV. March 25, 1796. "Fragments from an

Unpublished Poem."
No. V. April 2, 1796. "Recollections."

" To Mercy."
„ „ ,, u Count Rumford."

1796.] OF COLERIDGE 11

No. VI. April n, 1796. " On Observing a Blossom
on the First of February, 1796."

No. VIII. April 27, 1796. " To a Primrose."

The last number contained a valedictory address by
Coleridge to his readers, ending, " O watchman ! thou
hast watched in vain."

The original Prospectus of The Watchrnan was re-
printed by Mr. J. Dykes Campbell in The Jthcnaum
for December 9, 1893, and again as an Appendix to
his "Samuel Taylor Coleridge," 1894, p. 285.

Poems on the Death of Priscilla
Farmer, by her Grandson, Charles Lloyd.
[Motto from Bowles.] Bristol : Printed
by N. Biggs, and sold by James Phillips,
George Yard, Lombard Street, London,
1796. Folio, pp. 27.

In this pamphlet, which is of the utmost rarity, first
appeared Coleridge's " Sonnet " addressed to Charles
Lloyd. The contents were republished in the second
edition of Coleridge's " Poems," Bristol, 1797.

Joan of Arc, by Robert Southey. Bristol,
1796. Large 4to., pp. 409.

To this first edition of Southey's first epic, "The
Vision of the Maid of Orleans " (republished in
"Sibylline Leaves," 18 17, p. 281, under the title "The


Destiny of Nations"), the notes to which contain an
original Greek prize ode on the Slave Trade, was con-
tributed to the second book by S. T. C. This portion
was omitted in all the later two-volume editions of
"Joan of Arc," in which the poem was remodelled by
the author. An English verse translation of Coleridge's
Greek prize ode appeared among the early minor poems
of Robert Southey.

In the North British Review for January, 1864, is an
article entitled " Bibliomania," which was reprinted
with additions in a miscellany called "Odds and Ends,"
in 1867. In this article was described a copy of the
quarto edition of " Joan of Arc," which had formerly
belonged to Coleridge, and was, in fact, the identical
copy mentioned in a note to the last edition of the
" Biographia Literaria," vol. ii., p. 31. This volume is
full of Coleridge's annotations, and some hard truths
about Southey's early poems were set down with a degree
of plain-speaking which, in the words of the writer,
" had evidently greatly shocked his own family, who
have made an amiable attempt (though happily not a
perfectly successful one) to obliterate his just, though
unsparing, criticism on their uncle Southey." As a
specimen of these criticisms, it may be sufficient to
subjoin the following list of abbreviations, which he
proposed to use in his marginal notes :

" N.B. — S. E. means Southey's English, i.e., no
English at all.
N. means nonsense.
J. means discordant jingle of sound — one

1796.] OF COLERIDGE 13

word rhyming or half rhyming to another,

proving either utter want of ear, or very

long ones.
L. M., ludicrous metaphor.
I. M., incongruous metaphor.
S. = pseudo-poetic slang, generally, too, not


At the same time, he is not sparing in his comments
on himself, for at the long passage beginning " Maid,
beloved of heaven," afterwards reprinted in "The
Destiny of Nations," he has written : " These are very
fair lines, tho' I say it that should not : but hang me if
I know, or ever did know, the meaning of them, tho'
my own composition."

Poems on Various Subjects. By S. T.
Coleridge, late of Jesus College, Cam-

"Felix curarum, cui non Heliconia cordi

Serta, nee imbelles Parnassi e vertice laurus !

Sed viget ingenium, et magnos accinctus in usus

Fert animus quascumque vices. — Nos tristia vitae

Solamur cantu."

Stat. Silv., Lib. IV., 4.

London : Printed for G. G. and J,
Robinsons and J. Cottle, Bookseller, Bris-
tol, 1796. 8vo., pp. xvi+ 188 -f- Errata, 1 p,
" The Effusions signed C. L. were written by Mr,


Charles Lamb, of the India House. Independently
of the signature, their superior merit would have suffi-
ciently distinguished them. For the rough sketch of
Effusion XVI. I am indebted to Mr. Favell ; and the
first half of Effusion XV. was written by the author
of "Joan of Arc, an epic poem " {Preface, p. xi).

Pamphlet of Selected Sonnets, from
Bowles, Bamfylde, and others. With
some original Sonnets by S. T. C, and a
prefatory Essay on the Sonnet. [Bristol :
Privately printed, 1796, 8vo., pp. 16].

A very rare pamphlet, which, considering the sub-
sequent fame of its editor, must hold its own place,
though perhaps not a very high one, among larger and
later sonnet anthologies.

" I amused myself the other day (having some paper
at the printer's that I could employ in no other way)
in selecting twenty-eight sonnets to bind up with
Bowles's. I charge sixpence for them, and have sent
you five to dispose of. I have only printed two hun-
dred, as my paper held out to no more, and dispose
of them privately, just enough to pay the printing. The
Essay which I have written at the beginning I like "
(Coleridge to Thomas Poole, Nov. 7, 1796).

" A pamphlet," says the editor of Coleridge's
"Letters" (i. 206, note) "of sixteen pages, containing
twenty-eight sonnets by Coleridge, Southey, Lloyd,
Lamb, and others, which was printed for private circu-

1 797.] OF COLERIDGE 15

lation towards the close of 1796, and distributed among
a few friends. Of this selection of Sonnets, which
was made ' for the purpose of binding them up with the
Sonnets of the Rev. W. L. Bowles,' the sole surviving
copy is now in the Dyce Collection of the South Ken-
sington Museum. On the fly-leaf in Coleridge's hand-
writing is a presentation note to Mrs. Thelwall. For
a full account of this curious and interesting pamphlet
see Coleridge's ' Poetical and Dramatic Works,' 4 vols.
1877-80, vol. ii., pp. 377-379-"

Ode on the Departing Year. By S. T.
Coleridge. [Motto from JEschylus\. Bris-
tol : Printed by N. Biggs, and sold by
J. Parsons, Paternoster Row, London,
1796. 4to., pp. 16.

This Ode was published on December 31, 1796, in
The Cambridge Intelligencer, as well as in a separate


Contributions in Verse to The Monthly

1. 1796. Sept. " On a late Connubial Rupture."

2. 1796. Oct. " Reflections on entering into Active

Life" — a title which was altered in 1797 to


" Reflections on having left a Place of Retire-


3. 1797. Nov. Three "Sonnets attempted in the
Manner of Contemporary Writers." Signed, " Nehe-
miah Higginbottom."


Poems, by S. T. Coleridge. Second Edition.
To which are now added Poems by
Charles Lamb, and Charles Lloyd. Duplex
nobis vinculum, et amicitia? et similium
junctarumque Camcenorum; quod utinam
neque mors solvat, neque temporis long-
inquitas. GroscolL Epist. ad Car. Utenhov.
et Ptol. Lux. Tast. Printed by N. Biggs,
for S. Cottle, Bristol, and Messrs. Robin-
sons, London, 1797. 8vo., pp. xx + 278.

" There were inserted in my former edition a few
Sonnets of my friend and old school-fellow, Charles
Lamb. He has now communicated to me a complete
collection of all his Poems. . . . My friend Charles
Lloyd has likewise joined me ; and has contributed
every poem of his which he deemed worthy of pre-
servation. With respect to my own share of the
Volume, I have omitted a third of the former Edition,

1 798. J OF COLERIDGE 17

and a Ided almost an equal number. The poems thus
idded are marked in the Contents by Italics " (Preface,

1 3 4 5

Online LibraryRichard Herne ShepherdThe bibliography of Coleridge; a bibliographical list, arranged in chronological order, of the published and privately-printed writings in verse and prose of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, including his contributions to annuals, magazines, and periodical publications, posthumous works, memoirs, editions, → online text (page 1 of 5)