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COLLECTION OF POEMS ...
[Collection of poems by several hands. 1782]
A collection of poems in six volumes. By several hands. With notes. [A new edition, corrected.]
London: printed for J. Dodsley, 1782.
6 vols ; 17.7 cm. (8º)
I: [4], 368 p.
II: [4], 352 p.
III: [4], 326, [4] p.
IV: [4], 387, [3] p., [1] pl. (music)
V: [4], 360 p.
VI: [4], 380 p.

Edited by Robert Dodsley. Edition statement and volume numbers from half-titles. The bookseller and writer Robert Dodsley, the major London publisher of belles-lettres in the 1750s, commenced publication of his influential collection of contemporary poetry with the printing of three volumes in 1748. A fourth was added in 1755 and two more in 1758. Dodsley's compilation was intended 'to preserve to the Public those poetical performances, which seemed to merit a longer remembrance than what would probably be secured to them by the Manner wherein they were originally published' (vol. I p. 1), and made an important contribution to establishing the canon for mid-eighteenth century poetry. (ODNB). Its success led to the publication of further editions, removing some poems while adding others with successive enlargements and corrections, and of supplements by other editors. The biographical notes in this edition are by Isaac Reed, a literary editor and former owner of Soane's copy of the Shakespeare First Folio (q.v.). The vol. III head-piece showing the execution of Mary Queen of Scots is by Isaac Taylor; in vol. IV, 'Ye shepherds so cheerful & gay', Arne's music to Shenstone's 'Pastoral ballad' is on an engraved plate directed to be bound at the end. ESTC t116246.

Copy Notes Imperfect; vol. V wanting the half-title and with the index misbound: 358, 357, 356, 355, 359--360. Bound as vols I--VI of an eleven-volume set with A collection of poems in four volumes, 1783 (q.v.) and A collection of the most esteemed pieces of poetry that have appeared for several years, 1767 (q.v.).

Binding Late C18th tree calf, gilt-tooled borders, gilt-ruled spines with sunburst motif, black morocco spine-labels for title and at foot of spine the editor's name, round onlaid black labels with volume numbers, blue sprinkled edges, marbled endpapers.

Reference Number 1082


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