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ABBOTT (Lemuel):
Poems on Various Subjects. Whereto is prefixed A Short Essay on the Structure of English Verse.
Nottingham: Printed for the Author, by Samuel Cresswell, 1765. FIRST AND ONLY EDITION. 8vo, 207 x 119 mms., pp. [xix], iii - v, 5 - 32, [4], iii- v [vi blank], [3] - 143 [144 blank], including list of subscribers, title-page in red and black, contemporary speckled calf, red leather label, paper label on cover, with the ownership inscription (in red ink) dated 22 April 1905 of Major C. E. Cresswell on the recto of the front free end-paper and the title-page, the oval armorial library stamp of Lt. Col. William Allen Potter, High Sheriff of Nottingham (1944) on the front paste-down end-paper. A very good to fine copy. This is only publication by Abbott (1730 - 1776), a Church of England Clergyman, that I have been able to trace. The subscribers include Isaac Hawkins Browne, Dr. [Erasmus] Darwin, and Charles Jennens (patron of the arts and librettist), to whom the volume is dedicated. The preface, on the aesthetics of poetry, is given over to a responsible discussion of accents and metre, while the topics of the poems include "The Song of Deborah and Barak," hymns, tributes to marriage, an ode to good humour, translations, Moses, and reprints Addison's "On Liberty." ESTC T42671 locates copies in Birmingham, BL, Cambridge, Bodleian, Nottinghamshire County Library, and Leeds in the UK; Cornell, Folger, Harvard, and McMaster in North America.
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ADDISON (Joseph):
Poems on Several Occasions.
Glasgow: Printed by Robert and Andrew Foulis..., 1770. 12mo (in 6s), 123 x 69 mms., pp. [iv], 199 [200 blank], contemporary calf, spine ornately gilt in compartments, red leather label; upper and lower joints very slightly cracked, some rubbing of spine, but a very good copy. Gaskell 499,
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AKENSIDE (Mark):
The Poetical Works of Mark Akenside, M. D. Collated with the Best Editions: by Thomas Park.
London: Printed at the Stanhope Press, by Charles Whittingham...For John Sharpe..., 1805. 2 volumes in 1. Small 8vo, pp. [iv], 171 [172 blank]; [iv], 140, engraved frontispiece (by P. W. Tompkins after Richard Westall) for each volume, 20th century binding in maroon library cloth.
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ANACREON.
Odes of Anacreon. Translated into English Verse. With Notes. By Thomas Moore, Esq. Ninth Edition.
London: Printed for Carpenter and Son..., 1815. 2 volumes. 8vo, 163 x 99 mms., pp. [ix] x - xv [xvi blank], 175 [176 colophon]; [5] 6 - 148, including half-title in each volume, engraved portrait of Anacreon in volume, contemporary polished calf, gilt borders to a fan motif on each cover, spines richly gilt, morocco labels; an attractive set, but there is some slight damp-staining at the end of volume, the joints are slightly worn, and the upper front corner of volume 1 has been repaired. With the bookplate of Edward Gwent Vaughan Lloyd of Rhagatt, who was Sheriff of Merionetshire in 1891, on the recto of the front free end-paper of each volume and that of Robert H. Hayhurst on the front paste-down end-paper of volume one. Moore (1779 - 1852) published this translation of the odes of Anacreon in 1800, and the work was frequently reprinted. The third edition of 1803 attracted the attention of The Edinburgh Review, where the reviewer, the Reverend John Eyre wrote, "On the whole we think Mr Moore has damped the fire of his work by a profusion of epithet; and that, had he broken the uniformity of his diection with some passages of greater simplicity, he would have heightened our pleasure, without violating materially violating his own plan of translation. That plan, however, we think, is constructed with so little judgment, that he has totally failed in the important point of being faithful to the manner of his original...." Having regretted Moore's rendering of the "licentious" nature of Anacreon's odes, he concludes that Moore's translation "is much better calculated for a bagnio."
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ARIOSTO (Lodovico):
Orlando Furioso In English Heroical Verse. By Sir John Harington of Bathe, Knight. Now thirdly revised and amended, with the Addition of the Authors Epigrams. Principb[us], placuisse viris non ultima laus est. Horace.
London Printed by G. Miller for J. Parker, 1634. Folio, 273 x 164 mms., pp. [xviii], 423 [424 -432 index], [45 Epigrams, 46 blank], engraved title-page with vignette portraits of Ariosto and Harington, a partially clothed female figure to the left of the title (with a rather rude putto), centurion on right, 46 full-page engraved plates, tail-pieces, printed in double columns, with continuous text and registration going from the end of the twelfth book to the beginning of the fourteen (superstition rules), with very fine, well-inked impressions of the plates, bound in 18th calf, gilt border on covers, joints very skilfully restored and richly gilt spine with black morocco label laid down. With the autograph and date "John Barnard/ 1740" on the lower margin of the title-page; Barnard ( c. 1685 - 1764), born into a Quaker family, was a politician, and, according to ODNB "a devoutly evangelical churchman, of a latitudinarian bent, who preferred clergymen to be 'Tories in the Church and Whigs in the state...." He was exceptionally well-read, and I regret the absence of any annotations attributable to him. Peter France, in The Oxford Guide to English Literature in Translation (2000), comments that "Harington adopts the metre of the original, ottava rima. His translation, however, is anything but literal, feeling itself at liberty to abbreviate 'matters impertinent to us' [...], as well as freely reworking the phrasing of the original [...]. The result is a work quite distinct from the original, more robust and more directive of its readers, broader in its humour, less refined and allusive in its language, less airy and speculative in its treatment of the 'marvellous.' Harington's Orlando has been frequently derided (Ben Jonson flatly designated it 'under all translations the worst'). In recent criticism, however, it has tended to find a more sympathetic reception. [...] [C]ertain of Harington's deviations from Ariosto now tend to be seen as determined by cultural differences rather than insensitivity, and he is given credit for the fluency and ťlan which make his version one of the most enduringly enjoyable translations of the Furioso, as well as one of its most historically interesting readings. At its best, moreover, Harington's translation is not merely dashing but precise, shadowing the inflections of the original with an attentiveness and intelligence few later translators have matched." Stanzas 1 - 50 of Book XXXII were translated by Sir John's younger brother, Francis. The plates were first used in the 1591 edition and derive from Girolamo Porro's illustrations of the 1584 Venetian edition. Thomas Jefferson had a copy in his library. Lowndes p.64; Mary A. Scott, Elizabethan Translations from the Italian (1969); Sowerby, Library of Thomas Jefferson 4312.
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[ARMSTRONG (John)]:
The Economy of Love. A Poetical Essay.
Bristol [Printed at The Mercury Press], August 1813. 8vo, pp. xx, 43 [44 blank], including half-title, original boards, uncut; corner cut from blank leaf before half-title, spine defective with most of paper missing. Armstrong (1709 - 1779) published The Oeconomy of Love in 1736, and it was frequently reprinted thereafter, though he did not include it in his collected works. He revised and shortened the work for an edition published in 1768, in which he toned down some of the more lubricious passages. The text of the poem here is 617 lines long. The anonymous editor has supplied an introduction of some 15 pages, in which he makes much of the mention in the poem of Gaspar Tagliacozzi (1545 - 1599), who also has a place in Tristram Shandy, in a discourse about the surgical repair of noses.
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ARMSTRONG ([jOHN]), Dr.
The Poetical Works of Dr. Armstrong. Collated with the Best Editions, By Thomas Park.
London, Printed at the Stanhope Press, by Charles Whittingham...For John Sharpe..., 1807. Small 12mo, 126 x 77 mms., pp. [iv], [3] 4 - 162; [5] 6 - 164, engraved frontispiece in each volume by Cook after Stothardl, attractively bound in contemporary tree calf, gilt spine, red and olive morocco labels, an attractive and very good copy; front cover slightly scored.
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ARNOTT (Archibald Davidson):
The Coming of Spring and Other Poems. Privately Printed 1910.
[Liverpool] Ramsay Robb 1910. FIRST AND ONLY EDITION. Small 8vo, 165 x 125 mms., pp. [9], 10 - 71 [72 colophon], including half-title, photogravure portrait of author as frontispiece, original lime green cloth, blocked in gilt on front cover, reddish-brown dustwrapper (slightly tatty), with title and author on front cover; small tear to fore-margin of title-page neatly repaired, but a very good copy. Arnott (1870 - ?1910) was born in Glasgow but moved to London with his parents when he was about ten. He spent a year at the Royal College of Music under C.V. Stanford and Hubert Parry. Afterwards he studied under Frederick Corder. Graduated B. Mus. (1891) and D. Mus. (1901) at the University of Durham. Copac locates a copy at the BL, while OCLC locates several digital copies.
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ASHBY (Samuel):
Miscellaneous Poems. The Illustrious Friends; Address to Music and Poesy, &c. &c.
London: Printed for W. Miller..., 1794. FIRST AND ONLY EDITION. 4to, 245 x 190 mms., pp. xiv [xv Contents, xvi blank], 158, including list of subscribers, recently rebound in quarter calf, raised bands between gilt rules, morocco label, marbled boards; text washed but remains of large stain (approximately one quarter of each leaf, lower left-hand corner) persist to about page 66. With the contemporary autograph of the M. P., Edward Monckton, one of the subscribers, on the title-page. Monckton also subscribed to Leigh Hunt's Juvenilia (1803). Ashby is unknown to ODND, but he was a native of Bungay, and many of the subscribers are from East Anglia. The poems include "Reply to the Goitre," "The Captive Fly," "The Anniversary of Belinda's Birth-Day," and concludes with "Address to Music and Poesy." One poem, "Event in Scotland," seems curiously mis-named, as it is a rape narrative, in which a Youth, who "glows with wild desire" pursues the daughter of Acasto, a Scottish laird (apparently), who, in repelling him, throws herself off a precipice to her death. Whether this alludes to an actual "event" (hence the title) or is intended to be an allegory in the manner of the next poems, "Bride-Cake; An Allegorical Vision" is unclear. ESTC T39429 locates copies in BL, Cambridge, Bodleian; American Philosophical Society, Princeton, Minnesota, Yale. OCLC adds Indiana and National Library of Australia.
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BAKER (Henry):
The Universe. A Poem. Intended To restrain the Pride of Man. By Mr. Baker.
London: Printed for T. Worrall..., [no date] [1734]. 8vo, 187 x 117 mms., pp. 8, 40 [41 - 48 adverts], engraved frontispiece (detaching at upper margin); disbound; corners creased. Baker (1698 - 1774) will be remembered by collectors and scholars as the author of two books on the microscope, The Microscope Made Easy (1742) and Employment for the Microscope (1753). Later editions of this work put the word "Philosophical" before "Poem." The work was reprinted several times in the 18th century and in 1808, with notes by A. Crocker, with the reviewer in The Annual Review and History of Literature for 1809 commenting that "The versification of Mr. Baker is of the good old school, that of Dryden and Prior. Though somewhat negligent, it has in parts a force and freedom which followers of Pope have vainly endeavoured to unite with their more regular harmony." ODNB in its article on Baker refers an edition of 1727 as the first publication of the poem. ESTC does not list this edition. OCLC refers to a digital version " Printed for T. Morral sic]" published in 1727 and 19840508 locates three copies, Colordao at Denver, Michigan, and Princeton. These copies are also undated and lack the adverts. However,1727 as a conjectural date is probably wrong. See G. R. Potter's note on the dating of the work in Modern Philology (1932), 29, 3; 301 -321.
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Book number: 8127
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BEATTIE (James). CHALMERS (Alexander), editor:
[Poems] The Minstrel; Or, The Progress of Genius: with Other Poems, Many of which, including the translations, are now reprinted from the scarce copies, and are not to be found in any other edition. To which are prefixed Memoirs of the Life of the Author, by Alexander Chalmers, F. S. A.
London: Printed for F. C. and J. Rivington..., 1811. 12mo, 157 x 95 mms., pp. [ii], xxxiv, [6], 216, engraved portrait of Beattie (offsetting onto title-page), 3 other engraved plates. UNIFORMLY BOUND WITH: The Minstrel: In Two Books With Some Other Poems. By James Beattie, D. D. To which are now added, Miscellanies by James Hay Beattie. With an Account of his Life and Character. In Two Volumes. Volume II. London: Printed by J. McCreery...For J. Johnson..., 1807. 2 volumes. Contemporary half red sheepskin, grey boards, gilt spines (a bit rubbed). A good, but probably made-up set, with the armorial bookplate of W. D. Sneyd and his autograph and date - "William Debank Sneyd/ g. 21st 1817" - on the free end-papers of each volume. Chalmers' assertion that some of the works are printed from "scarce copies" is correct, especially in the case of Beattie's translation of Virgil. His son, James Hay Beattie (1768 - 1790) was cogently memorialized by his father in the account of his life that opens the second volume.
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Book number: 9184
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BELCHER (Joseph):
Poetical Sketches of Biblical Subjects: Partly original, Partly Selected from our Most Esteemd Poets. Illustrative of the Sacred Volume.
London: Printed for W. Jones...., and W. Simpkin and R. Marshall..., 1825. FIRST AND ONLY EDITION. 12mo, 174 x 117 mms., pp. xii, 298, binder's cloth; lacks frontispiece, front hinge cracked, top and base of spine chipped, joints snagged, a goodish copy with the autograph "E. L. [?Harris]" on the front paste-down end-paper. I think this is the Joseph Belcher (1794 - 1859) who was born in Birmingham and was a Baptist minister for many years; he moved to Nova Scotia in 1843 and later to the United States, specifically Philadelphia. He left England because he had strong views about the separation of the church and the state; such views were regarded as highly suspect in the Church of England in the 19th century. This volume was reviewed in The Eclectic Review: "This volume deserves notice among the various selections which have lately been put forth.... The volume is...so well meant, and the contents so unexceptionable, that we shall abstain from any captious remarks on the selection. Though not entitled to rank as a class-book..., it forms a very pleasing selections of sacred poetry for young persons." David Bebbington: Nineteenth-Century British Baptist Attitudes towards the Relations of Church and State (2014).
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BLANCHARD (S. Laman):
Lyric Offerings.
London: William Harrison Ainsworth..., 1828 FIRST AND ONLY EDITION. 12mo, 184 x 106 mms., pp. '[iv], 94, uncut, original red boards; boards worn, spine defective, front cover detached. The author and journalist Samuel Laman Blanchard (1803 - 1845) had an inauspicious start to life, being unable to complete his university education when his father's finances deteriorated. After a few desultory excursions into literature and journalism, he decided to become an actor, but working in the provinces cured him of that and, penniless, he walked back to London. This, his first book, is dedicated to Charles Lamb. Thackeray described his appearance as being that of a mixture of Voltaire and Mendelsohn. A longish review in The Athanaeum concluded, "Mr Blanchard must expect to be very severely handled by the critics of one school for his 'Lyrical Offerings,'and to be richly bedaubed by those of another. We have warned him, in the former part of our article, against both these dangers; and we should be very glad if the spirit in which we have criticised him, could avert the evil effects which may result from his being irritated by the first, or flattered by the second."
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BOIARDO (Matteo Maria):
Orlando Innamorato di Matteo Ma. Bojardo rifatto da Francesco Berni.
Venezia Presso Sebastiano Valle, Con Licenza de Superiori e Privilgio 1799. 5 volumes. 12mo, 154 x 89 mms., pp. [vi], 356 + 13 engraved vignettes; [vi], 312 + 14 engraved vignettes; [vi], 330; [vi], 324 + 14 engraved vignettes; [vi], 309 [310 blank] + 14 engraved vignettes, contemporary calf, gilt spines, red and green morocco lables; some slight wear to bindings, but generally a very good and attractive set, with the Porkington library bookplate on the front paste-down end-paper of each volume. The Italian Renaissance poet Matteo Maria Boiardo (1440 Ė 1494) composed and published this epic poem between 1483 and 1495; the first two books were published sometime between 1482 and 1483. It served as a model for Ariosto's Orland Furioso, and the subject matter derives from the Fabulous Chronicle of the pseudo-Turpin. "Boiardo's poem suffers from the incurable defect of a laboured and heavy style. His story is skilfully constructed, the characters are well drawn and sustained throughout; many of hte incidents show a power and fertility of imagination not inferior to that of Arisoto, but the perfect workmanship indispensable for a great work of art is wanting. The poem in its original shape was not popular, and has been superseded by by the Rifacimento of Francesco Berni" (Encyclopedia Britannica). The latter is in fact a recasting of Boiardo's poem. The success of Berni's Rifacimento was so great that the original text by Boiardo fell into oblivion for three centuries. Only in the nineteenth century did Anthony Panizzi discover in the British Museum Library the authentic Orlando Innamorato and publish it.
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BOILEAU-DESPRÉAUX (Nicolas);
Les Ćuvres de M. Boileau Despreaux, avec des Eclaircissemens Historiques.
A Paris, Chez la Veue Alix..., 1740. 2 volumes. Large 4to, pp. [iv], lxx, 470; [x], viii, 567 [568 Privilege], including half-title in each volume, title-pages in red and black, engraved portrait frontispiece in volume 1, engraved head- and tail-pieces in each volume, 6 full-page engraved plates in volume 1, X2 in cancelled state in volume 1, contemporary tree calf, rebacked with old spines ornately gilt in compartments, morocco labels laid down, marbled end-papers; some wear to spines and joints.
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