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Handbound Anthology of Poetry from the 1700s

Existence of God

By W. H. Roberts

The Traveller

and

The Deserted Village

By Oliver Goldsmith

Armine and Elvira

By Edmund Cartwright

Fables of Flora

By John Langhorne

Hermit of Warkworth

By Thomas Percy

Loves of Medea and Jason

By Jeffrey Ekins

1770-1771

10.5" by 8.5", 24, 28, 32, (4), iv, 23, vii, 23, 38, 65, (4), vii, (1), 52, 111pp

 

DETAILS

A Collection of Poetry from 1770 and 1771, bound together as one volume.

Bound in half leather and marbled paper-covered boards, with gilt lettering and spine decoration.

Ekins's Loves of Medea and Jason is a first edition.

W. H. Roberts's are two first editions and a second edition.

Armine and Elvira and The Hermit of Warkworth are second editions.

Fables of Flora is a third edition.

William Hayward Roberts, d.1791, was a poet and Church of England clergyman. He was educated at Eton, and King's College, Cambridge. He returned to Eton as an assistant, then fellow. He became provost in 1781. Roberts combined his work at Eton with the position of rector. From 1772 until his death, Roberts was one of the king's chaplains. Amongst Roberts's works, A Poetical Essay, on the Existence of God "rehearses arguments from order and design to refute the teachings of Aristotle and Epicurus. It rewrites Lucretius's apostrophe to Venus as an address to conscience, and ends by illustrating the providence of God through a brief, polemical, and strongly anti-Catholic history of the English church in the sixteenth century." (DNB)

Oliver Goldsmith, 1728 1774, was an Anglo-Irish writer, poet, and physician known for his novel The Vicar of Wakefield, his pastoral poem The Deserted Village, written in memory of his brother, and his plays.

Edmund Cartwright, 1743 1823, was an English clergyman, poet, and inventor of the power loom. "In 1770 he published Armine and Elviraa Legendary Poem, which rapidly went through a series of editions, and was later thought highly of by Sir Walter Scott". (DNB)

John Langhorne, 1735 - 1779, was an English poet and clergyman. He was first a tutor, and later an Usher at Wakefield free school. In Wakefield, he took orders, being ordained deacon. He is chiefly remembered as being the translator, jointly with his brother, Rev. William Langhorne, of Plutarch's Lives, but in his day he had some reputation as a poet, his chief works in poetry being Studley Park and Fables of Flora.

Thomas Percy, 1729 1811, was Bishop of Dromore. Before being made bishop, he was chaplain to George III. "Percy's work continues to attract the attention of scholars around the world. Percy not only travelled from grocer's warehouse to bishop's palace but in a parallel literary career produced at least one book, the Reliques, long recognized as a seminal work of English Romanticism (Groom, 1.1) and considered a landmark in European literature." (DNB)

Jeffrey Ekins, 1731 - 1791, was the dean of Carlisle. Educated at Eton and King's College, Cambridge, Ekins later taught at Eton, before accepting the rectory of Quainton. He became dean of Carlisle in 1782. He wrote poetry throughout his life.

CONDITION

The binding is generally tight and firm. The front board and free-endpaper, and blank, are detached. The rear board is attached by the cords only, and could possibly detach in the post, even after careful packaging. There is wear to the extremities, including bumping and rubbing. Internally the pages are generally bright with scattered spotting and the occasional handling or ink mark. Overall the condition is very good, excepting the detached front board and endpapers.


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