Linton- Life in the Collections
William James Linton:
100) Untitled (Political Poems, 1840-70),
n.d. / n. p. (Hamden / CT. ca. 1895)
Linton apparently had planned to publish this selection of his political poems as a counterpart to his lyrical collection Love-Lore and other, early and late Poems. It was printed in the same size, with the same type and in the same type area. It was only sparsely, but nevertheless very effectively illustrated with a few vignettes of the Claribel stock. He had printed this substantial collection in a small edition of fifty copies, but unfortunately he did not manage to finish the production process and it never came into circulation. The Linton-Archive holds two copies. One remained in the original loose and untrimmed state and one was newly bound with a binding and imprinting similar to the Love Lore collection.
Loose version in the form of folded, untrimmed sheets
The undistributed printed matter can be considered as the most comprehensive collection of 19th-century interventionist poetry by a single author. It deals with the following topics: The New Poor Law (The Life of Bob-Thin, 1840), The Chartist Land Plan (The Adventure of Bob-Thin, 1840), Economic Deregulation or Manchesterism (The Jubilee of Trade, 1843), The February Revolution and the foundation of the French Second Republic (To The Future, April 1848), The European counter-revolutions (The Dirge of the Nations, Nov. 1848), The Irish Famine and the Nationalisation of Land (Rhymes and reasons against Landlordism, 1847 - 1850) The Crimean War and the rise of New Imperialism (Carmen Triumphale, 1856), Italian unification (To Victor Emmanuel, ca. 1865), The Third Italian War of Independence and the cession of Venetia (Italy’s Answer, 1866), The ambivalent role of French international politics (The Great Arbiter, 1866), A Europe of Republican Nations (Yet shall it come, 1866), The Franco-Prussian War (Achan, 15.08. 1870).