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The Poems of Thomas Gray Embellished with Engravings

Thomas Gray

Editorial: John Sharpe, London, 1821
Condición: Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
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THE POEMS OF THOMAS GRAY Embellished with Engravings from the Designs of Richard Westall R.A. John Sharpe, Piccadilly 1821 First edition 134pp ( Northup 105)Fine Binding. This copy is bound in full calf with gilt borders and blind stamping to the front and rear boardsand gilt decoration and titling to the spine which has raised bands to six compartment with a green title panel to the second compartment. There are marbled endpapers. there is a neat copperplate presentation inscription to the front free endpaper dated 1921. There is a small, neat signature of ownership below. There is some foxing and offsetting to the title page and the obverse of the f.e.p. but the stock is bright and tight. Thomas Gray (26 December 1716 – 30 July 1771) was a poet, letter-writer, classical scholar and professor at Cambridge University. Gray began seriously writing poems in 1742, mainly after his close friend Richard West died. He moved to Cambridge and began a self-imposed programme of literary study, becoming one of the most learned men of his time, though he claimed to be lazy by inclination. He became a Fellow first of Peterhouse, and later of Pembroke College, Cambridge. Gray spent most of his life as a scholar in Cambridge, and only later in his life did he begin travelling again. Although he was one of the least productive poets (his collected works published during his lifetime amount to fewer than 1,000 lines), he is regarded as the foremost English-language poet of the mid-18th century. In 1757, he was offered the post of Poet Laureate, which he refused. It is believed that Gray began writing his masterpiece, the Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, in the graveyard of the church in Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, in 1742, completing it, after several years lying unfinished, in 1750. The poem was a literary sensation when published by Robert Dodsley in February 1751 and has made a lasting contribution to English literature. Its reflective, calm and stoic tone was greatly admired, and it was pirated, imitated, quoted and translated into Latin and Greek. It is still one of the most popular and most frequently quoted poems in the English language. In 1759 during the Seven Years War, before the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, British General James Wolfe is said to have recited it to his officers, adding: "Gentlemen, I would rather have written that poem than take Quebec tomorrow". The poem's famous depiction of an "ivy-mantled tow'r" could be a reference to St. Laurence's Church in Upton, Slough. Ref X2 Size: 134pp. N° de ref. de la librería 007114

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Título: The Poems of Thomas Gray Embellished with ...

Editorial: John Sharpe, London

Año de publicación: 1821

Encuadernación: Fine Binding

Ilustrador: Richard Westall

Condición del libro:Fine

Edición: First Edition.

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