21 The Firs
Altrincham, United Kingdom
Established in the 1970s. We sell rare books printed in English specialising in English Literature - especially poetry. We also deal in books covering British Social and Economic History - especially Poverty and the Poor Laws. We are members of the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA). Please note that the on-line catalogue of English Verse, Part I, A-G is available through Ximenes Rare Books Inc.
Part II: H to P.
This catalogue is heavily indebted to the scholarship of D. F. Foxon, whose bibliography of early eighteenth-century English poetry was published by the Cambridge University Press in 1975. Foxon saw his work as a continuation of Donald Wing's Short-Title Catalogue, 1641-1700, but at the same time he aimed for something more: "So there grew the idea of a short-title catalogue with rather more bibliographical sophistication, though necessarily limited in its scope. The most sensible limitation seemed to be one of form, and to me verse was the obvious choice." There is a vein of apology running through Foxon's introductory remarks, as he was more sensitive to his weaknesses than his strengths, but in retrospect this humility seems unwarranted...contd.
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Part III: R to Z.
With an Addendum Devoted to
the Pirated Editions of Henry Hills (1708-1710)
contd...Any discoveries we have made, either omissions or corrections, should not be seen as evidence of his shortcomings, but rather as a tribute to his extraordinary achievement, without which these catalogues would have been impossible. Foxon's focus was on separately printed poems, to which he added notes on contemporary collected editions. For practical reasons poetical miscellanies of the period were excluded, but we have taken the liberty of adding a number of examples of this closely related genre, all of them listed by title, whether or not a compiler can be identified. All other entries are in strict Foxon order.
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