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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The Works of the Author of the Night-Thoughts. In four Volumes. Revised and Corrected by Himself. A new Edition. London: Printed for J. Buckland, W. Bowyer, J. and F. Rivington [and 20 others], 1774. [With:] Volume the Fifth … Printed for W. Owen and 6 others, 1773. [and:] Volume VI … Printed for T. Cadell … and J. Nichols … 1778.
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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The subscribers come mainly from Welshpool and thereabouts, including the Earl of Powis (12 copies).
Uncommon. ESTC records copies at BL, Cambridge, National Library of Ireland, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Chicago.