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A Collection of Poems by Several Hands, Volume IV

1763, includes an early printing and engraving of Thoams Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard

Author

Thomas Gray, and Samuel Johnson, Thomas Arne etc

Publisher

R & J Dodsley, London, 1763
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Printing Details

Early printing, full leather. 17.5 × 11cm, 360pp [1]

An odd volume from Dodsley's collection but notable as it carries an early printing of Thomas Gray's An Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard, with a small engraving as header for the poem showing a funeral procession. Gray's Elegy was first published as a single poem in 1750. The book also contains a wealth of other poems, including Samuel Johnson, Garrick and an engraved plate of music by Thomas Arne (to accompany a William Shenstone ballad).

Condition

The leather is heavily worn with both front and back boards detached. However, the contents are in good condition with only a few minor spots of foxing and the text block remains well bound.

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