Written in a Country Churchyard.Chicago & New York: Fleming H. Revell, publisher of Evangelical Literature, [c.1900] Stock Code: 139593
An attractive gift edition of Gray's Elegy, with illustrations by Alfred Woodruff, in a charming unsigned contemporary binding.
Gray's Elegy was originally published privately by Horace Walpole in June 1750 and distributed amongst his connections in the fashionable classes. It was then published for the public in a quarto pamphlet on 15 February 1751; "the poem was an instant success, Dodsley's quarto going through five editions by the end of the year. It was printed in five magazines within three months, and soon became the most admired and imitated poem of the century" (ODNB). It was first published with illustrations by Alfred Woodruff in 1887.
Square octavo (112 x 106 mm), pp. 28. Contemporary grey morocco, titles to spine in gilt, spine with raised bands ruled in gilt, small red morocco inlay flowers to compartments, frame ruled in gilt across covers and spine, decorative cornerpieces with matching red morocco flowers, turn-ins richly tooled in gilt, green marbled endpapers, edges gilt.
Illustrated throughout by Alfred Woodruff.
Minor rubbing to extremities, a couple of faint scratches to covers, offsetting from turn-ins to endpapers; a near-fine copy.
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