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Poems by Goldsmith and Parnell

By Thomas Parnell; Oliver Goldsmith

1795

W Bulmer and Co : London

11" by 9"

xx, 76pp

 

 

 

DETAILS

A beautifully illustrated, large paper edition of poetry by these two Irish poets, whose works were popular during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. With engravings by the talented John and Thomas Bewick.

First thus. The first edition of this particular anthology. With several decorative head and tail pieces to the poems engraved by John and Thomas Bewick. This edition was issued by W Bulmer and Co using their Shakespeare Press to raise awareness of the beauty of print and to raise English standards. Bulmer notes to the preface that this work is 'particularly meant to combine the various beauties of printing, type-founding, engraving and paper making'. 'The whole of the types with which this work has been printed, are executed by Mr William Martin in the house of my friend Mr George Nicol'. Printed on Whatman paper. This work has a life of Oliver Goldsmith and his two poems, 'The Traveller' and the better known 'The Deserted Village'. The 'life' of Thomas Parnell to this work is written by Oliver Goldsmith and introduces his work 'The Hermit'. There are three poems total to this work. With the inscription of prior owner Harriet Dawkins to the recto of front endpaper dated 1849. Another prior owner's stamp to the title page, Frances Clayton. This is unlikely to be the famous American Frances Louisa Clayton as this work was in the ownership of one Harriet Dawkins in the mid nineteenth century. Goldsmith is recognised for his pastoral style, whilst Parnell was known as one of the so-called 'Graveyard poets'.

CONDITION

In a half calf binding. Externally, worn. Both boards are detached but present. Spine and boards are heavily rubbed with loss to the spine. Prior owner's pencil inscription to the front pastedown, 'For My Dear Great Niece Harriet Dawkins'. With Harriet Dawkins' signature to the recto of front endpaper dated 1849. Front endpaper is detached but present. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are generally bright with just the occasional scattered spots to pages.

Overall Condition: Fair

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