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4to. 200 pages of manuscript poetry. Original half calf, worn, rear board detached. Sophia Jane Bonnell was born in 1748 and, on her marriage to James Beal Bonnell, came to Pelling Place, Old Windsor, where she lived until her death in 1841.She was widowed in 1815 and had no surviving children. She bequeathed Pelling Place to her friend and companion Mary Anne Harvey to whom several of the poems are addressed. Most of the poems are written by Sophia Bonnell and are domestic and playful in nature, " on a favourite squirrel who died of fits" or " the pea-hen's lamentation for the loss of her mate". The earliest poem is dated 1784 and the final one was "written without glasses June 29th. 1835 in my 88th. year." A small group of poems are in a different hand and are by a Miss Ellen Piers. The subject matter of the poetry confines itself for the most part to the domestic and the particular; balls, dinners and charades and is limited largely to Sophia Bonnell's female friends. The poems are teasing and affectionate in nature and betray an intimate knowledge of a leisured provincial class, " On Miss Aylmer's writing a Gazette" or "Lines to Miss Hardyman- on her losing a copy of verses I had made on her." The world outside this privileged coterie rarely intrudes and when it does comes as something of a surprise, " On a stone being thrown into the King's coach on the day he went to parliment(sic) house" or the even more dramatic "Verses written on the day of the Execution of the rioters".The most intriguing poem in the collection relates to ballooning in which Sophia Bonnell expresses a desire to soar above the earth in a hot air balloon " and be praised as the first woman to fly". This was written in 1784 and on June 4 of that year Elisabeth Thible, the opera singer, became the first woman to achieve that feat. Although Sophia was denied the distinction of being the first woman to soar above the earth she could well claim to have written the first ballooning poem, a no less noble achievement.
Title: A Book of Souvenirs. [poems]
Publisher: Pelling Place, Old Windsor, 1784 - 1835.:
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