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GRAY, Thomas.


London: Printed for J. Dodsley, 1768 Stock Code: 146901
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First collected edition, handsomely bound. It includes some of Gray's most popular works, such as "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College", and collects poems from Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard (1751), Designs by Mr. Bentley, for Six Poems by Mr. T. Gray (1753) and Odes, by Mr. Gray, Printed at Strawberry Hill (1757).

For the present edition, Gray revised and expanded the earlier versions of his poems: "Gray supplied two translations from Old Norse, 'The Fatal Sisters' and 'The Descent of Odin', and one from Welsh, 'The Triumphs of Owen', all probably dating from 1761, when his enthusiasm for James Macpherson's Ossianic productions temporarily revived his interest in the prehistory of English poetry. He also provided notes explaining some of the obscurities of the 1757 odes. About the same time as Dodsley Beattie proposed a collected edition, to be printed by the Foulis brothers of Glasgow. With Dodsley's approval, Gray consented, and on 1 February 1768 sent to Beattie the same instructions and the same new material that he had supplied to Dodsley. The London edition appeared on 12 March 1768, the Glasgow edition on 4 May" (ODNB).

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Octavo (183 x 120 mm). Finely bound by Riviere and Son in early 20th-century red panelled morocco, raised bands, spine lettered in gilt, floral tool to four compartments, sides with gilt border enclosing a panel with gilt foliate sprigs to corners, edges and turn-ins ruled in gilt, edges gilt, marbled endpapers.


Bookplate of Daniel Cooper to front pastedown. A near-fine copy, handsomely bound, contents notably clean and crisp.


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