Wordsworth and His Circle by David Watson Rannie, M.A. is a 360-page hardcover published by Methuen & Co., first published in 1907. No dust jacket. There is bumping to the spine and edges. There is a small damp stain on the front cover and the page edges are foxing. Inside, there is some foxing on some of the pages but the majority are clean and unmarked. The previous owner's name is written in ink on the front endpaper. The condition is good for its age.
This book does not aim at being a biography of Wordsworth, though it is strung on a biographical thread; and, as the title indicates, it is in many places as much about Wordsworth's contemporaries as about himself.
As my method is deliberately desultory, I have tried, with whatever success, to be on my guard against repetition, the attendant shadow of desultoriness. The first chapter, being introductory, contains a kind of forecast, or summary in advance, of the chief contents of the chapters that follow.
It is impossible to be even initiated into Wordsworth without knowing, and knowing well, a great deal of his poetry. I have, therefore, not stinted myself in quotation and comment, though I have tried to avoid the reproduction of verses which might conceivably be regarded as trite or insignificant. In the Appendix will be found references for those quotations the whereabouts of which is not clearly shown in the text.
The prefixed list of authorities may serve the double purpose of showing the sources from which I have drawn, and guiding the reader who may wish to go more deeply into the subject.
--D.W.R. Winchester, 1907