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ROGERS, Samuel.

Poems. New edition.

[With:] Italy, a Poem. New edition.

London: Edward Moxon, 1854 Stock Code: 115101
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"It would have been dished were it not for the plates"

Very smart pairing of these handsome editions, among the most lavishly produced of the century. Italy was originally published in two parts (1822 and 1828) but was so badly received that "Rogers destroyed the unsold copies, revised it carefully, engaged Turner and Stothard to illustrate it, and republished it in a handsome edition in 1830. The success of this edition, which strongly influenced John Ruskin, as well as of a similarly illustrated issue of his other poems in 1834, was unequivocal, and he soon recovered the 7000 he had expended on them. The tardy success of the volume occasioned, among many other epigrams, Lady Blessington's mot, that 'it would have been dished were it not for the plates' (A Journal of the Conversations of Lord Byron with the Countess of Blessington, 1893, 321)." (ODNB).

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2 works, octavo (198 x 135 mm). Contemporary calf, dark green labels, smooth spines gilt tooled overall with a scrolling foliate pattern, sides with gilt thick-and-thin rule border with corner rosettes enclosing a pretty foliate frame and blind dotted panel, gilt paired fillet edge roll, richly gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt, Polnisch pattern marbled endpapers,


Engraved portrait frontispiece of Rogers to each volume, both by Finden after Sir Thomas Lawrence, some full-page illustrations and numerous head- and tailpieces by Goodall, Finden and others after J. M. W. Turner, Thomas Stothard and Samuel Prout.


Engraved armorial bookplate to Poems of Francis Augustus Bevan (1840-1919), banker. A few minor abrasions otherwise a very good set.


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