DescriptionThomas Gray. Poems By Mr. Gray. London: J. Dodsley, 1768. Krown & Spellman retail: $500. First London edition. 8vo. A2,B-H8,I4,K1[lacks K2,blank]. , 120,.p. Later calf by Rody, front hinge renewed, some cracking on rear hinge, title-label on morocco, marbled endpapers; bookplate of H.C.L. Morris; a.e.g., some minor offsetting but a clean, crisp, copy on fine paper. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
More Information: Gray (1716-71) English poet, "He excelled his contemporaries in meticulous workmanship and in ability to use new materials--medieval Welsh or Scandinavian--with dramatic imaginative power. He sought sublime moods, sensations fortes, and elevated even primitive materials to noble Roman or heroic levels," Baugh. "His enthusiasm had been roused by the fragments of Gaelic poetry published by Macpherson in 1760. He did his best to believe in their authenticity and found himself in rather uncongenial alliance with Hume, whose skepticism was for once quenched by his patriotism. Gray's interest probably led him to his imitations from the Norse and Welsh... In 1767 Dodsley proposed to republish his poems in a cheap form. Foulis, a Glasgow publisher, made a similar proposal through Beattie at the same time. Dodsley's edition appeared in July 1768, and Foulis's in the following September. Both contained the same poems, including the 'Fatal Sisters,' the 'Descent of Odin,' and the 'Triumphs of Owen,' then first published. Gray took no money, but accepted a present of books from Foulis." DNB. ESTC t136298. Rothschild 1071. Northup 52. Stokes 53.
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