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The beauties of the poets of Great Britain, carefully selected from the works of the best authors. Embellished with engravings on wood.

Roach, John, ed.].

Published by Sherwin & Co. 1821?22, London, 1821
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Scarce-to-say-the-least illustrated variant of a long-popular anthology first published in 1793. OCLC and NUC Pre-1956 fail to find any holdings of this edition, which is also not listed by NSTC; from this time period, most catalogues and bibliographies find only the three-volume 1826 printing. The contents of these two volumes appear to be based almost entirely on John Roach's Beauties of the Poets of Great Britain, although Roach is not cited as the editor, the pieces are in a different order than originally presented, and there are a few minor changes: "The Negro Boy" is not included here, while several "runic odes" by Mathias and Penrose have been added. The expected highlights of Pope, Gray, Cowper, Burns, Chatterton, Goldsmith, etc. are present, as well as lesser-known pieces such as Mrs. Carter's "Address to Meditation," Mary Darby Robinson's "Trumpeter," and Helen Maria Williams's "Sonnet to Twilight" and "Sonnet to Hope" (the latter memorized by Wordsworth, whose first published poem was "Sonnet, on seeing Miss Helen Maria Williams Weep at a Tale of Distress"). The volumes are illustrated with 18 wood-engraved plates signed by Sears, Willis, and others ? not the 1793 originals. Provenance: Ownership note of "Adams Jewett, M.D." to top of title-page. 12mo (15 cm, 5.9"). 2 vols. I: [4], ii, 360 pp.; 9 plts. II: [2], iii, [1], 360 pp.; 9 plts. This ed. not in NSTC (CD version), Lowndes, or Allibone. Not in British Library OPAC, not in NUC Pre-1956, not in OCLC, not in COPAC. Recent marbled paper?covered boards, spines with printed paper labels. Each title-page with early inked ownership inscription in upper margin as above. Some pages with offsetting; spots of light to moderate staining; one page with pencilled annotation. Bookseller Inventory # 25339

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Title: The beauties of the poets of Great Britain, ...

Publisher: Sherwin & Co. 1821?22, London

Publication Date: 1821

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