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The Works of Thomas de Quincey

By Thomas de Quincey

1878 - Edinburgh - Adam and Charles Black

7.5" by 5"; (xviii) (xv) 290pp.; (vi) 244pp.; 342pp.; (xv) 352pp.; (ix) 395pp.; (xvi) 333p.; (iv) 352pp.; (xii) 332pp.; (xii)  310pp.; (xxiii) 326pp.; (vii) 333pp.; (xviii) 355pp.; 497pp.; (vi) 467pp.; (ii) 330pp.;  (viii) 580pp.

 
 


 

DETAILS

A uniformly bound collection of the essays of Thomas de Quincey.

With plates throughout, as well as a fold-out facsimile manuscript, the set contains: Confessions of an Opium-Eater, Recollections of the Lakes and Lake Poets Coleridge, Wordsworth and Southey, Last Days of Immanuel Kant and other Writing, The English Mail Coach and other writings, Dr Samuel Parr or Whiggism in its Relations to Literature and other writings, Richard Bentley and other writings, Protestantism and Other Essays, Leaders in Literature with a Notice of Traditional Errors affecting Them, The Caesars and Other Papers, Style and Rhetoric and Other papers, Coleridge and Opium-Eating and other writings, Speculations Literary and Philosophic, The Art of Conversation and Other Papers, Autobiographic Sketches 1790-1803, Biographies of Shakespeare, Pope, Goethe and Schiller and on the Political Parties of Modern England, and the supplementary volume Suspiria de Profundis.

Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1821) is an autobiographical account about his laudanum (opium and alcohol) addiction and its effect on his life. The Confessions was "the first major work De Quincey published and the one which won him fame almost overnight..."

The Confessions maintained a place of primacy in De Quincey's literary output, and his literary reputation, from its first publication; "it went through countless editions, with only occasional intervals of a few years, and was often translated. Since there was little systematic study of narcotics until long after his death, De Quincey's account assumed an authoritative status and actually dominated the scientific and public views of the effects of opium for several generations."

Direct from the Regency library of Elizabeth Greenly, later Lady Elizabeth Coffin Greenly. Elizabeth Greenly, born at Titley Court, Herefordshire, was a noted and varied collector. She kept prolific diaries from 1784 until her death in 1839 which included her responses to current events and occasions in her daily life. Among the diaries many names and anecdotes of celebrities of the time appear, including Lord Byron, Marie Atoniette, Mary Wollstonecraft and Hannah More. She was known to comment on customs of foreign countries to which she and her friends had travelled, and had a keen interest in scientific discoveries and advancements including medicine and archaeology.

The Greenly library contents show Elizabeth Greenly's numerous interests including: Welsh causes, Science, topography, travel, Bibliana and literature, particularly female poets. The library contains many first editions of contemporary works, and many are signed or contain her bookplate. The library contained over 1000 volumes which show the diversity and depth of her interests and give an insight into the life of this fascinating collector.
 
These works come directly from the sale of the Titley Court estate.

Complete in sixteen volumes.

CONDITION

In decorative cloth binding with gilt detailing. Externally quite smart, there is wear to the extremities, joints, boards and backstrips, with cocking to spines and strain to the hinges. Internally, the pages are generally firmly bound, though there are instances of strain to certain areas and some detached endpages to the eight volume, and are generally bright and clean throughout, with some occasional spotting and light foxing to the endpages. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED,


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