The Poetical Works Of William Collins..
Bound in original black half morocco over green watered cloth board, gilt; spine in compartments with raised bands, decorated gilt. Marbled endpapers.
Extremities worn and occasional foxing and staining in text; otherwise a very good copy.
Printed by T. Bensley, for E. Harding, No. 98, Pall-Mall.,
To which is prefixed a life of the author, by dr. johnson.
Small 8vo. 4.75 x 7 inches. xiv + [ii] + 165 pp.
Illustrated by engraved portrait frontispiece, dated 1811, and by stipple engravings by Harding throughout text.
The poet William Collins (1721-59) was born in Chichester and educated at Oxford. Although possessing many talents, he suffered mental health health problems, perhaps of a depressive nature, and was regarded as 'too indolent, even for the army.' 'Educated as a gentleman, he published two slim volumes of verse by the age of twenty-five and very few poems thereafter. It is remarkable that an author who published so little—some twenty poems in all—before his death at the age of thirty-seven should have early acquired (and still retain) the status of an important poet. Although little is known of his life, reports of his genius, his neglect, his poverty, and his madness have attracted readers since his own day' (DNB). This collection includes his Oriental Eclogues and his odes, including one to Colonel Ross who fell at the Battle of Fontenoy, 1745. The collected edition, edited by John Langhorne, was first published in London 1765 and continued to appear throughout the rest of the century and beyond. Despite being clearly printed in 1798 the sheets of this copy were obviously held over until they were united with a new portrait of the author, dated, 1811. This edition includes the charming stippled engravings of the 1790s by Harding and the life of the author by Samuel Johnson.
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