London: Printed at the Minerva Press for A.K. Newman and Co. Leadenhall-Street, 1814. Scarce Minerva Press printing of Hervey’s proto-Gothic popular work. While not a gothic novel of which the Minerva Press was infamous, Meditations and Contemplations, with its somberness and sentimentalism, contained numerous elements later found in gothic fiction, one observer even stating that “Hervey’s description of the descent … can stand as a prelude to this same descent in the first Gothic novel and many more to follow.” Horace Walpole [Frederick S. Frank, ed.], The Castle of Otranto and The Mysterious Mother, footnote pg. 316 (Broadview, 2003).
12mo. [3, frontispiece, engraved title, titlepage], xxii [biography], -311pp. Not in MacLeod (pg. 461 for a new edition advertised in 1816); Not in Blakey. One copy located on Worldcat as of October 2020. Very good in contemporary half leather over marbled boards, significant wear to boards, marbled edges with some bleeding into pages, and with staining and toning to some pages. Item #194