[Printed handbill.] Sonnet on the late Dutchess of Gordon. [By Sir Brooke Boothby.]

[Sir Brooke Boothby (1744-1824)] [Jane Gordon, Duchess of Gordon (1748-1812), Scottish Tory political hostess]
Publication details: 
[Circa 1810.]
SKU: 11286

Printed on one side of a 4to leaf, to which a black mourning border has been given by hand. Well printed on wove paper. Fair, on lightly-aged and ruckled paper. The author's name is not given, and the title reads 'SONNET | ON THE LATE | DUTCHESS [sic] OF GORDON.' The poem begins: 'IS then the bright expansive spirit flown, | That wont to animate the admiring throng? | Does the fair theme of many a poet's Song | Exist in pleasing memory alone?' The poem was also printed in 'The Poetical Register, and Repository of Fugitive Poetry, for 1810-1811' (London: F. C. and J. Rivington, 1814), where it is titled 'SONNET. | ON THE LATE DUCHESS [sic] OF GORDON, | BY SIR BROOKE BOOTHBY, BART.' Presumably a keepsake issuing from a private press. Scarce: no copy on COPAC, or in the National Library of Scotland catalogue.