6 vols., 12mo., portrait frontispiece in vol. I and plates bound as frontispices in vols. II-III; a fine set in contemporary tree calf, spine gilt, morocco labels; armorial bookplates of Sir Edmund Antrobus.
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First complete edition, comprising a new edition of volumes I-IV, reprinting the revised authorized edition of 1757 (in which Young collected his ‘most excusable’ pieces, with corrections to render them ‘as pardonable as it was in my power to do’); the posthumous fifth volume, originally published in 1767, adding a life of Young and compositions previously omitted, mainly in prose; and the first edition of Volume VI, completing the canon with occasional and ephemeral pieces that had not been located by the editor of Volume V.
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