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ROGERS, Samuel (1763--1855)
Italy, a poem. By Samuel Rogers.
London: printed for T. Cadell; Jennings and Chaplin; and E. Moxon, 1830.
vii, [1], 284, [2] p. : steel-engr. illus. ; 20.8 cm. (8º)

Originally published anonymously in 1822 with a second part following in 1828. This is the first illustrated edition, with steel-engraved head and tail-pieces mostly done by Edward Goodall, after Turner, Thomas Stothard and other English painters. The edition was well received, as was a companion edition of his other Poems, 1834 (q.v.), including his best-known work, 'The Pleasures of Memory', which was highly praised by Lord Byron. Printer's imprint of Thomas Davison, London, on the half-title verso and colophon. The final leaf advertises 'By the same Author, Poems, ... In one Volume duodecimo. Price 12s.' with 50 wood-engravings after Stothard. Tinker, 1763; NCBEL, III:181.

Copy Notes Some plain paper guards. Untrimmed edges. Inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper From the Author. Possibly presented on the same occasion as the companion edition of Rogers's Poems (q.v.).

Binding Publisher's original C19th buff paper boards, paper spine-label with printed title 'Italy, A Poem. 2l. 2s.'. With binder's label affixed to bottom of final pastedown reading 'F. Westley / BINDER / Friar Street / near / Doctors Commons'. See C. Ramsden, London book binders, 1780--1840, Batsford, 1987, p. 148.

Reference Number 1375


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