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Prefaces, biographical and critical, to the works of the English poets

Author: Samuel JohnsonJohn NicholsCharles BathurstJames BucklandWilliam StrahanAll authors
Publisher: London : Printed by J. Nichols ; For C. Bathurst, J. Buckland, W. Strahan, J. Rivington and Sons, T. Davies [and 31 others in London], M DCC LXXIX-M DCC LXXXI. [1779-1781]
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Early works
Integral errata lists (Printing)
Binding errors (Binding)
Contemporary bindings (Binding)
Calf bindings (Binding)
Gold tooled bindings (Binding)
Biography Early works to 1800
Early works to 1800
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel Johnson; John Nichols; Charles Bathurst; James Buckland; William Strahan; New York Society Library.; New York Society Library. Trustees.
OCLC Number: 3216602
Notes: Later editions are entitled 'Lives of the English poets' and 'The lives of the most eminent English poets'.
One British Library copy and NYSL copy contain 'Directions to the binder' (vol. 1, pp. ix-x)--for the first four volumes, showing that the lives were originally issued in parts.
Vols. 1-4 are dated 1779, vols. 5-10: 1781; vols. 5-10 list 28 additional booksellers in the imprint.
Errata: v. 1, p. xi.
Each part has a separate pagination.
Pagination, v. 1: xi, [1], 165, [1], 128 p.; v. 2: [4], 223, [1], 39 p.; v. 3: [4], 349, [1] (last p. blank); v. 4: [4], 31, [1], 15, [1], 27, [1], 20, 12, 12, 4, 9, [1], 12, 6, 5, [3], 13, [3], 11, [1], 42, [2], 64, 4, 13, [1] p.
Library has v. 1-4; marked as vols. 57-60 of the Works of the English poets: with prefaces, biographical and critical. Does not contain portraits, as indicated in the ESTC T44190. Binder's error in v. 1: p. v-vii bound after p. [xii]. Vol. 2-4 bear Library's ex-libris by P.R. Maverick on front, and Notice by Trustees on the back paste-down; in v. 1 the Notice is on the front paste-down. Binding: calf, some volumes sprinkled; gold-tooled; trimmed to 14 cm.
Description: 10 volumes : portraits ; 16 cm (8vo)
Contents: Vol. 1. Cowley. Waller --
v. 2. Milton. Butler --
v. 3. Dryden --
v. 4. Denham. Sprat. Roscommon. Rochester. Yalden. Otway. Duke. Dorset. Halifax. Stepney. Walsh. Garth. King. J. Philips. Smith. Pomfret. Hughes --
v. 5. Addison. Blackmore. Sheffield --
v. 6. Granville. Rowe. Tickell. Congreve. Fenton. Prior --
v. 7. Pope --
v. 8. Swift. Gay. Broome. Pitt. Parnell. A. Philips. Watts --
v. 9. Savage. Somervile. Thomson. Hammond. Collins --
v. 10. Young. Dyer. Mallet. Shenstone. Akenside. Lyttelton. West. Gray.
Other Titles: Lives of the English poets
Johnson's Prefaces
Lives of the most eminent English poets
First Ledger (New York Society Library)
Responsibility: by Samuel Johnson.

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