LIVES OF THE MOST EMINENT ENGLISH POETS. With Critical Observations on Their Works.

Johnson Samuel

Published by London Nichols and Son 1801, 1801
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3 volumes. A New Edition, Corrected. 8vo, full contemporary mottled calf, spines divided into six compartments separated by multi-ruled and tooled gilt bands, central gilt tools in four compartments, the volume numbers in gilt in one compartment, board edges gilt. vii, 459; iii, 404; iii, 389 pp. A very nice set, fine and handsome, with just a bit of expected age evidence to the calf. A FINE AND PLEASING SET OF THIS CLASSIC WORK. It took Johnson four years to write these lives of poets such as Denham, Milton, and Rochester, and much of this work’s charm lies in the anecdotes and reminiscences which the author was able to provide. He spent much time in the company of men of letters and his retentive memory preserved many of the facts and criticisms which fell from their lips. The work, Johnson's last great labor, was suggested by the Martins at Edinburgh. "The first conception of the booksellers was to begin with the works of Chaucer, but that project was too vast for them, and the first author in their edition was Cowley. The diminution of the scheme is not greatly to be regretted. The poets before Cowley were not so well know to Johnson, and he had no special information on their lives" (Courtney and Smith, p. 130). Bookseller Inventory # 15732

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Title: LIVES OF THE MOST EMINENT ENGLISH POETS. ...

Publisher: London Nichols and Son 1801

Publication Date: 1801

Binding: Hardcover

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