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KEATE, George (1729--1797)
[Poems]
The poetical works of George Keate, Esq. Vol. I. (II.)
London: printed for J. Dodsley, 1781.
2 vols ; 15.7 cm. (8°)
I: vii, [1], 235, [5] p., engr. frontis. port., 3 engr. pl.
II: [2], 277, [7] p., engr. frontis. port., [1] engr. pl.

First collected edition. Keate was among the poets satirised with a 'probationary ode for the laureateship' in 1785 (q.v.). His poem 'Ancient and Modern Rome' (1760) was praised by Voltaire, and 'The Alps' (1763) was the first poem in English celebrating the mountains. He was also a painter and a founder member of the Society of Artists in 1761 (q.v.), later joining those who seceded to found the Royal Academy of Arts in 1768 (q.v.), as an honorary exhibitioner. The frontispiece portraits of Keate and Lady Jane Gray are both by John Keyse Sherwin after J. Plott; the other plates, numbered 1--4, are unsigned. The engraved title-page vignette of a lyre is by Basire. ESTC t122153.

Copy Notes Bought from Thomas Boone for 4s. 6d. on 8 July 1807. (Spiers Box). With Boone's codes in pencil on vol. I front free-endpaper: -c- 2 Vols - df.

Binding C18th tree-calf, gilt roll-tooled beaded chain borders, gilt-tooled spine compartments with wreathed sunburst motif, red and green spine-labels, marbled end-papers.

Reference Number 1449


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