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BLAIR, Robert (1699--1746)
[The grave, a poem. 1816]
The grave, a poem. By Robert Blair. To which are added, Gray's Elegy written in a country church-yard; and Parnell's Hermit. With biographical notices of the authors, from Dr. Anderson's edition of the British poets.
Edinburgh printed by William Blair, for J. Dick, 1816.
107, [1] p., engr. t.-pl. ; 26.8 cm. (4°)

Engraved title. The publication of Blair's poem (first published in 1743) in tandem with Gray's Elegy (first published in 1751) became a feature of contemporary publishing from 1761. Thomas Parnell's Hermit was first published in 1751. Robert Anderson's Works of the British poets was published in fourteen volumes between 1795 and 1807.

Copy Notes Bound with two specimen leaves of printing in gold and silver on black and navy blue respectively by Howlett & Brimmer, 'Gold-Printers to the Society of Arts', and an accompanying letter of presentation to Soane from Thomas Faulkner dated Chelsea Dec. 13: 1828, identifying the same as representing 'an ancient Brass inserted in The New Edition of [his] The History of Chelsea'. This appears as a woodcut illustration on p. 237 of vol. I of the latter work, to which Soane was a subscriber (q.v.). Volume contents inscribed in ink by Soane on front free-endpaper.

Binding C19th half calf, gilt double-ruled borders, marbled-paper boards, gilt-tooled and black-stained spine, direct-lettered in gilt. The front paste-down is inscribed in ink by Soane Bound at Chelsea by T. Faulkner / 1829 / pretium[?]. Later numbered '46' in a series of pamphlet volumes.

Reference Number 1709


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