12mo., pp. , vii, , 236, , with an engraved title-page by Isaac Taylor, and a terminal advertisement leaf; wormtrack to upper outer corner, touching the pagination in a couple of instances, but a very good copy in attractive contemporary speckled calf, spine gilt, a little restoration to front joint; contemporary letterpress booklabel of Thomas Mann, nineteenth century gift inscriptions.
US $668 €567
First edition, a collection of twenty-seven essays. The other edition of 1765, more cheaply printed and with a letterpress title-page, is given priority by Temple Scott, but Rothschild suggests it is a piracy or a cheap edition printed to meet extra demand – it is certainly less generously imposed, and does not include advertisments for Griffin. Although he is not named in the imprint John Newbery, who had just published Goldsmith’s Traveller, was involved in the publication.
Rothschild 1027; Temple Scott p. 156; Williams p. 136.
You may also be interested in...
‘A TOUCHSTONE OF ROMANTIC CRITICISM’ COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor.
Biographia Literaria; or biographical Sketches of my literary Life and Opinions … Vol I[-II].
First edition. Coleridge’s estimates of contemporary German poets and philosophers are justly celebrated, and the long autobiographical passages and critical analyses of Wordsworth and of Lyrical Ballads are of primary interest. ‘Though maddeningly unsystematic in structure, the book is a touchstone of Romantic criticism’ (OHEL).
HOMERIC HYMN (THE)
to Aphrodite. A New Translation by F. L. Lucas, fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. With ten Engravings by Mark Severin.
First edition, No. 308 of 750 copies. Cockalorum 177.