THE WORKS OF THE ENGLISH POETS
1790; Samuel Johnson; 2nd & Best Edition; London, John Nichols, for J. Buckland, Others; Full Leather; Illustrated; Each About 300-400 Pages; w4.1"xh6.4"; Extremely Rare!!!
Great For any Fan of the Famous Author or Collector. Great Shelf Set; Complete in 75 Volumes; Hugh Reveley Christ Church, Oxford Bookplates, No Identifiers but from Appleby Castle Library, Westmorland, U.K.; Won't Find a Better Set!!!
75 Gorgeous full leather cover designs with double pinstriped gold borders, ornate gold geometric patterns to bindings with all black labels, gold gilding to cover edges, stamped inner cover edges, marble end pages/page edges, with 32 Great Portrait Plates and Numerous Legendary Classics from the Most Famous Authors; Written in early modern English on handmade paper; Contains Pope/Homer's Iliad/Odyssey, Rape of the Lock, Milton's Paradise Lost/Regained, Gay's Fables, Dryden's/Virgil's Aeneid and Many More; Included is 14 More Poets from the First Edition!!!
SOME CONTENTS INCLUDED:
Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets (1779–81) is a work by Samuel Johnson, comprising short biographies and critical appraisals of 52 poets, most of whom lived during the eighteenth century. It is arranged, approximately, by date of death.
Six of the Lives have been singled out as the most "important": John Milton, John Dryden, Alexander Pope, Joseph Addison, Jonathan Swift, and Thomas Gray.
Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709 – 13 December 1784), often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. Johnson was a devout Anglican and committed Tory, and has been described as "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history". He is also the subject of "the most famous single biographical work in the whole of literature," James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson.
Appleby Castle is in the town of Appleby-in-Westmorland overlooking the River Eden. It consists of a 12th-century castle keep which is known as Caesar's Tower, and a mansion house. These, together with their associated buildings, are set in a courtyard surrounded by curtain walls. Caesar's Tower and the mansion house are each recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade listed building. The uninhabited parts of the castle are a scheduled ancient monument.
Conditions are Very Good/Excellent. Small wear to edges, some rubbing to hinges, few marks to boards, a couple missing a tiny bit of surface leather near an edge, little stressing to some spines, Hugh Reveley Christ Church Oxford Bookplate to each, some spotting to blanks, little blemishing to upper margin of first few pages of some, rest of pages/hinges/text blocks are very good/excellent for over 225 years old!!!