DescriptionGeorge Ellis, ed. Specimens of Early English Metrical Romances, Chiefly Written During the Early Part of the Fourteenth Century; To Which is Prefixed An Historical Introduction, Intended to Illustrate the Rise and Progress of Romantic Composition in France and England. Second Edition. In Three Volumes. London: for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1811. Krown & Spellman retail: $125. Second edition. 8vo. 3 vol. set. , A-2B8, 2C4; , A-2C8, 2D2; , A-2D8. viii, 408; , 420; , 432pp. Full contemporary calf, cross patterned boards with stamp and gilt rulings, hinges split, corners worn with spine losses. Decorative gilt bands on spine, title in gilt lettering, some damage to heads and tails of all three volumes, heads of vols. I and III missing. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. Bookplate of E.G. Graham Little on front pastedown of vol. I, donation note on first blank of same volume. Light browning with occasional foxing. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
More Information: George Ellis (1753-1815), a one time member of Parliament and author, was an intimate William Windham and Scott, admired in his own day for his poetry; Horace Walpole noted that he was a favorite at Versailles. Although he is best remembered today for the judiciousness of his compilation of early English poetry, this three volume set is also a fine collection of works in its own right. Lowndes 731 (1805 ed.).
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