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DRYDEN, John (1631--1700)
[Works. 1808]
The works of John Dryden, now first collected in eighteen volumes. Illustrated with notes, historical, critical, and explanatory, and a life of the author, by Walter Scott, Esq. ...
London: printed for William Miller, by James Ballantyne and Co., Edinburgh, 1808.
18 vols ; engr. frontis. port., [1] fold. pl. ; 21.3 cm. (8º)

Dryden's poetry, translations and criticism were widely read and admired in the eighteenth century; he greatly influenced Alexander Pope, and Soane made notes from his Works while preparing his Royal Academy lecture. (Archives 1/241/6). This is the first collected edition of his works, comprising the plays, satirical poetry, odes, translations and letters. Famous for his romantic poetry of which Soane has the second edition of the Lady of the Lake (q.v.), and for the Waverley novels, Scott was also a notable literary editor and biographer (his Life of Napoleon was published in 1827), pioneering the study of the interplay between the writer and his social, political and economic context. His Dryden was followed by an edition of Swift in 19 volumes. He was a founder of the Quarterly Review (q.v.) with the publisher John II Murray.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the frontispiece portrait (vol. I) and the rare 'Directions to the Binder' leaf (for placing cancel leaves) at the end of the last volume.

Binding C19th diced calf, slender gilt roll-tooled borders, gilt-ruled spine, maroon morocco spine-labels. Bound by Edwin Hutchison for £2 11s., 25 May 1829, 'calf lettd lined ground & rolled'. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.6.29).

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