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GRAY, Thomas (1716--1771)
[Works. 1799]
The poetical works of Thomas Gray. With the life of the author. Cooke's edition. Embellished with superb engravings.
London: printed for C. Cooke; and sold by all the booksellers in Great Britain and Ireland, [1799].
71, [1] p., add. engr. t.-pl., engr. frontis., engr. port. ; 14.3 cm. (18º)

Additional engraved title reads 'Gray's Works, forming part of Cooke's Pocket Edition of the Original & Complete Works of Select British Poets.' It and the engraved portrait are dated May 23, 1795; the frontispiece is dated 1799. Reissue of the [1795] edition. There is a second letterpress title-page giving a partial list of contents. The publisher Charles Cooke extended the formula of illustrated pocket editions previously used by John Bell in his Poets of Great Britain series (109 vols, 1776--82) to publish series of uniform pocket editions in other genres such as 'British Classics', 'Sacred Classics', novels and plays, all 'Superbly Embellished'. ESTC t93222.

Copy Notes Bound as issued with a 12-pp. catalogue of 'Cooke's Elegant Editions Of the most Admired Works In the English Language; ...' (q.v.).

Binding Contemporary early C19th tree calf, gilt-tooled spine, black and red leather spine-labels. Uniform with other volumes of Cooke's Pocket Editions in the Soane Museum.

Reference Number 1087


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