A Select Collection of Modern Poems (1759)
Includes a very early printing of Thomas Gray's Elegy in a Country Church Yard
Assumed first edition, hardback, full leather (defective). 17 × 10cm, see below for pagination.
This is three titles bound in as one and issued by the publisher as a single book. Of chief interest is the first title which carries a very early printing of Thomas Gray's An Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard (completed in 1750 and first published in 1751).
The three titles contained herein are 1. Love-Elegies by Mr Hammond Written in the Year 1732, with a preface by the Earl of Chesterfield. Published by W Ruddiman Junior & Co, Edinburgh, 1759. 60pp. This book contains fifteen love-elegies by Hammond, followed by Thomas Gray's Elegy and Epistles in the Manner of Ovid by Lord Hervey. 2. The Pleasures of the Imagination, A Poem in Three Books by Mark Akenside. Published by W Ruddiman Junior & Co, Edinburgh, 1758. vii + 116pp. 3. The Art of Preserving Health: A Poem in Four Books by John Armstrong. No publisher stated, London, 1759. 59pp.
Fair. The leather is heavily worn, with loss to the spine. The front board is very nearly detached. Previous owner's armorial bookplate to front pastedown (Virtuti Inimica Quies). The pages are tanned throughout, and the contents pages are detached). The main body of text is in good order, with occasional marginal tears. The rear joint is also weak, but strong than the front.