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Reliques of ancient English poetry: consisting of old heroic ballads, songs, and other pieces of our earlier poets, together with some few of later date. The third edition. Volume the first (--third).
London: printed for J. Dodsley, 1775.
3 vols ; 18.0 cm. (8º)
I: lxxviii, [4], 368, [1], 372--376, [2] p. : engr. frontis., engr. illus.
II: [4], iii, [1], 404 p., [1] pl. of engr. music : engr. illus.
III: [4], xxxix, [1], 359, [1] p.: engr. ill.

First published in 1765. Edited by Thomas Percy. Despite textual infidelities and bowdlerisation, Percy's Reliques were highly influential on English and German romantic poetry. About a quarter of the material is based on a seventeenth-century manuscript collection supposedly discovered by Percy in 1753 at the house of Humphrey Pitt at Shifnal near Bridgnorth, supplemented from other printed and unpublished sources including the Society of Antiquaries and the Pepys collection at Magdalene College, Cambridge. See N. Groome, The making of Percy's Reliques, Oxford, 1999. The engraved frontispiece in vol. I by Charles Grignion after S. Wale forms part of the letterpress. With engraved title vignettes, engraved head-pieces to the dedication and to each book, and engraved culs-de-lampe in vols II and III. List of four works by Percy published by Dodsley on the recto of the final leaf of vol. I, with errata for all three volumes on the verso. ESTC t82693.

Copy Notes Wanting the half-titles? Former ownership inscriptions excised from title-pages. Some pencil and ink references to individual poems on front free-endpapers.

Binding C18th calf, gilt-tooled spine compartments, red and green morocco spine-labels. Uniform with the copy of Old ballads, historical and narrative, 2 vols, London, 1777 (q.v.).

Reference Number 1406


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