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WORKS OF THE ENGLISH POETS
The works of the English poets. With prefaces, biographical and critical, by Samuel Johnson. ...
London: printed by H. Hughs; for C. Bathurst, J. Buckland, W. Strahan, J. Rivington and Sons, T. Davies, [and 31 others in London], 1779--80.
58 vols ; [28] engr. frontis. ports. ; 15.3 cm. (8º)

First edition. The first 56 volumes are dated 1779, and the last two, entitled Index to the English poets. Volume the first (second), dated 1780. The index volumes have half-titles. The first eight volumes were printed by H. Hughs, and thenceforth, in various order and number of volumes done, by E. Cox, R. Hett, J.D. Cornish, J. Rivington, J. Nichols, H. Goldney, H. Baldwin and G. Bigg. The 'Prefaces' called for in the title were published separately as Prefaces, biographical and critical, to the works of the English poets, 1779--81, but sometimes accompany The works ...; they are catalogued separately (q.v.). Volumes 9--10, 11--12, 27--28 are paged continuously. Contents: V. 1-2. The poems of Cowley. -- v. 3-5. The poems of Milton. -- v. 6--7. The poems of Butler. -- v. 8. The poems of Waller. -- v. 9. The poems of Denham and Spratt. -- v. 10. The poems of Rochester, Roscommon, and Yalden. . -- v. 11. Otway, Duke, and Dorset. -- v. 12. The poems of Halifax, Stepney, and Walsh. -- v. 13-16. The poems of Dryden. -- v. 17-19. Dryden's Virgil. -- v. 20. The poems of Garth and King. -- v. 21. The poems of J. Philips, Smith, and Pomfret. -- v. 22. The poems of Hughes. -- v. 23. The poems of Addison. -- v. 24. Blackmore's creation. -- v. 25. The poems of Buckingham and Lansdowne. -- v. 26. The poems of Rowe and Tickell. -- v. 27-28. Rowe's Lucan. -- v. 29. The poems of Congreve and Fenton. -- v. 30. The poems of Prior. -- v. 31-34. The poems of Pope. -- v. 35-38. Pope's Homer. -- v. 39-40. Swift's poems. -- v. 41-42. The poems of Gay. -- v. 43. The poems of Broome and Pitt. -- v. 44. The poems of Parnell and A. Philips. -- v. 45. The poems of Savage. -- v. 46. The poems of Watts. -- v. 47. The poems of Somervile. -- v. 48. Thomson. -- 49. Thomson, Hammond, and Collins. -- v. 50--52. The poems of Young. -- v. 53. The poems of Dyer and Mallet. -- v. 54. The poems of Shenstone. -- v. 55. The poems of Akenside. -- v. 56. The poems of Lyttelton, West, and Gray. -- v. 57-58. Index to the English poets. ESTC t92171.

Copy Notes Bought as a uniformly bound set with the 10 volumes of the Prefaces, biographical and critical (q.v.) from Robert Faulder for £9 0s. 0d. for the 68 volumes on 27 August 1781. (SNB). Inscribed in pencile inside front cover 10..10..0.

Binding C18th calf, gilt-tooled spines, red and green morocco spine-labels.

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