Anonymous ("By Several Hands")
Title A Collection of Poems, Consisting of Valuable Pieces, Not Inserted in Mr. Dodsley's Collection, Or Published Since. With Several Originals, By Eminent Writers (Four Volumes)
Book Condition Very Good Plus
Jacket Condition No Jacket
Edition First Edition.
Publisher London G. Pearch 1775
Seller ID 001856
London: G. Pearch, 1775. Here is a stunning, exceptional, and rare set of collected poetry in a fine binding from the late 18th Century. This is an expansion of the collection published by Robert Dodsley (1703-1764) in 1758. (Or, perhaps Pearch is just piggy-backing on Dodsley's popularity; he published a two-volume edition in 1768 and expanded it here seven years later.) Quite rare; Quercus has found only the British Library holding copies. These are bound in lovely smooth calf, tooled and banded on the spines, filled with gilt. Red spine label ("Pearch's Collection"). These are ASSOCIATION COPIES. Blindstamped with the Coat of Arms of Trinity College Dublin on the front covers. In addition, there is a Printed and Signed label affixed to the front paste-downs indicating the books were awarded as a prize by Trinity in 1777. Clean texts, with bright laid paper and marbled endpapers. 317, 316, 324, and 316 pages, all indexed in the rear. Volume Four includes an errata page and 2 pages of publisher's adverts. Minor splits at the spines, holding nicely. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. First Edition.. Full-Leather. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition.