1828 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Hervey

Leigh Hunt, in "Pocket-Books and Keepsakes" The Keepsake (1828) 10.



There are pocket-books in a new but very proper sense, namely, books for the pocket, without implying that they are to be written in. We speak, in the first place, of those little editions of popular works, which appear in the glass-cases of the booksellers' shops every Christmas, and with their varied and glittering bindings tempt the beholders to make presents.... The bindings are seldom very costly, but they are more so than ordinary, sufficient to render the present graceful; and they are generally in good taste. On opening the book we meet, as in a door-way, the elegant ideal beauties of Mr. Westall, or the interesting women of the junior Corbould; and if we start sometimes to find them in company with Hervey's Meditations, or the Night-Thoughts of Dr. Young, we agree, upon reflection, that nothing can be more natural. Hervey looks as if he presented us with a piece of involuntary candor; and the doctor's nocturnal cogitations are considerably improved. Women are very clerical. Hervey may be band; but woman is gown.