Shelley's Queen Mab 1st Edn 'mutilated' State
Title: Queen Mab, a Philosophical Poem
Author: Shelley, Percy Bysshe
Description: [ii], 240 pp. (8vo) 19.3x11.7 cm. (7½x4½") full green crushed morocco by Bedford, spine gilt, raised bands, gilt dentelles, all edges gilt. First Edition, "mutilated" issue.With the title-page removed and the imprint trimmed from foot of the final leaf (Q8) by Shelley, as issued. This copy retains the original dedication to Shelley’s first wife, Harriet. At the time of publication, Shelley was separating from his wife Harriet and removed most of the dedication leaves prior to distribution. Shelley's first important poetic work, preceded only by two pamphlets. Because of the subversive nature of its contents and by agreement with the printer Thomas Hookham, Shelley used his own name on the title-page and colophon. He then mutilated most of the copies he distributed by cutting out the two imprints to avoid prosecution. One of about 70 copies of the first issue from a total printing of 250 copies, the remaining 180 copies were issued by Richard Carlile shortly after Shelley's death in 1822 with the preliminary material and closing imprint intact. Tinker 1887.
Heading: Place Published: [London]
Publisher: [P.B. Shelley] (but actually by an unknown printer for Thomas Hookham)
Date Published: 
Offsetting from dentelles to free endpapers; an occasional spot of foxing; overall a fine and clean copy.