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CRABBE, George (1754--1832)
The borough: a poem, in twenty-four letters, by the Rev. George Crabbe, LL.B. New edition.
London: John Murray, 1820.
[3], vi--xlv, [3], 347, [1] p. ; 21.0 cm. (8º)

First edition: 1810. Crabbe's previous publisher J. Hatchard had published a sixth edition in 1816. Praised by his contemporaries including Johnson, Burke, Scott, Byron, and Wordsworth, Crabbe's verse suffered in reputation due to changes in literary taste away from the verse tale and heroic couplets during the later nineteenth century. The borough, his most enduring work, is a sequence of twenty-four verse letters drawing on Crabbe's experience as a clergyman in several parishes in Suffolk between 1792 and 1805 for the descriptions and character sketches; one of the stories was the source of Benjamin Britten's opera Peter Grimes. NCBEL II:610; Hayward 196.

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Binding Later C19th green half calf, scallop and rose blind roll-tooled borders, green morocco-grain cloth boards, gilt double-ruled spine with volute ornaments, two red morocco spine-labels. Bound uniformly with four other volumes of works by Crabbe (qq.v.) by George Richmond for 15s., 20 May 1853. (Curatorial Papers/Bailey/Parcel 1).

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