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The History of English Poetry

From the Close of the Eleventh Century to the Commencement of the Eighteenth Century

To Which are Prefixed Two Dissertations

I. On the Origin of Romantic Fiction in Europe

II. On the Introduction of Learning into England

The Second Edition

by Thomas Warton

Volume I

1775 - London - J. Dodsley, J. Walter, T. Becket, J. Robson, G. Robinson and J. Bew

11" x 9", viii, iv, 72, 80, 468pp

Volume II

1778 - London - J. Dodsley, J. Walter, J. Robson, G. Robinson and J. Bew

11" x 9", vii, 463, 82pp

Volume III

1781 - London - J. Dodsley, J. Walter, J. Robson, G. Robinson and J. Bew

 

DETAILS

Three leatherbound volumes with gilt titles to the spine. The binding is signed by T. Orr.

Thomas Warton (January 9, 1728 May 21, 1790) was an English literary historian and critic, as well as a poet. From 1785 through 1790 he was the Poet Laureate of England.

Warton's first major academic work was Observations on the Faerie Queene of Spenser, published in 1754. He is, however, best known for the three-volume The History of English Poetry (177481), which covered the poetry of the 11th through the 16th centuries. Although the work was criticized for its many inaccuracies, it is nonetheless considered a highly important and influential historical tome. As a poet, Warton was more inclined toward light and humorous verse, odes and sonnets. His sonnets helped to revive the form, which had fallen out of fashion. He is remembered for his interest in primitivism, which was an important stage toward romanticism.

CONDITION

The bindings are tight and firm with all pages attached. The boards of Volume I are detached and present. The boards of Volume II are holding firmly by the cords. The hinges of Volume III are cracked. There is some wear to the extremities including bumping to the corners and marks to the boards. Internally the pages are generally clean and bright with the occasional handling mark and isolated spot. There are bookplates to the front pastedowns and a small rubber stamp and ink inscriptions to the front blank endpapers of each volume. There are a few annotations in ink to the Dissertations in Volume I. Overall the volumes are in very good condition.

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