Poetry of the Magyars,
preceded by a sketch of the language and literature of Hungary and Transylvania.London: Printed for the author, and sold by Robert Howard, Rowland Hunter, and Otto Wigand, 1830 Stock Code: 129730
First edition of the work that introduced Hungarian literature to the English-speaking world, and for a long time the only Western source for Hungarian poetry. The volume includes the work of more than 20 poets, more than 60 national songs, and above 50 pages of valuable biographical sketches. Bowring (17921872), a politician, diplomatist, and writer, and close friend and literary executor of Jeremy Bentham, published volumes of verse translations between 1824 and 1832 of Dutch, Spanish, Polish, Serbian, and Czech poetry, as well as a number of translations in other publications, including the Westminster Review, for which he was political editor, all of which "brought him temporary fame".
This copy has a pleasing provenance, with the ink ownership inscription dated 1879 of Thomas Bowring (1847-1915), the grandson of the author.
Octavo (196 x 119 mm). Near-contemporary green half morocco, spine lettered in gilt, marbled sides and endpapers.
Rubbed, occasional faint foxing. A very good copy.
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