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Johnson Samuel; The Works of the English Poets with Prefaces Vol. XXI

SKU: Johnson, Samuel, AB0210079 $89.00
The Works of the English Poets with Prefaces Biographical and Critical by Samuel Johnson. Volume the Twenty-First (21) printed in 1779 by H. Hughs for a consortium of publishers. This volume: the poems of John Philips, Edmund Smith and John Pomfret. Frontispiece engraving by Collyer Sculp of Philips. Title page; half title. Ex-libris copy, City of Salford, Royal Museum and Library with bookplate inside cover and oval library stamp on front page and #s 93, 210, 268, 318 & 354. Brown full leather with gilt title, author and vol. # on spine with gilt embellishments. 354 cream to off-white pages without foxing, spotting, tears or loss. The volume measures: 15.25 cm. x 9 cm. The hinges have worn through the leather on both sides but the boards are firmly attached by stitching. There is leather loss on the corners consistent with age. The spine is tight but there is 2 cm. x 1 cm. leather loss to the author block. Pages are very firmly attached. Text is complete. Volume includes ribbon place marker. This is a solid, very well preserved copy, which does not exhibit 231 years of use. Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709 a'' 13 December 1784), often referred to as Dr. Johnson, was an English author who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. Johnson was a devout Anglican and committed Tory, and has been described as aarguably the most distinguished man of letters in English historya He is also the subject of athe most famous single work of biographical art in the whole of literaturea John Philips (pages 3 - 84), 30 December, 1676 a'' 15 February, 1709 was an eighteenth century English poet. Philips was born at Bampton, Oxfordshire, the son of Rev. Stephen Philips, later archdeacon of Salop, and his wife Mary Wood. He was first taught by his father and then went to Winchester College. He intended to become a physician, but devoted himself to literature instead. Philips was loath to publish his verse but his Splendid Shilling (in this volume) was included, without his consent, in a aCollection of Poemsapublished by David Brown and Benjamin Tooke in 1701. When another false copy appeared early in 1705, he printed a correct folio edition in February of that year. The Splendid Shilling, a burlesque in Miltonic blank verse, was described by Joseph Addison as athe finest burlesque poem in the English languagea Edmund Smith (pages 87 a'' 209), 1672 a'' 1710, born Edmund Neale, was an English poet in the early eighteenth century. The son of a successful merchant, Smith attended Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford where he stayed until 1705. Smith translated Phedre (in this volume) by Racine, which was staged in 1707 and died in Wiltshire in 1710. John Pomfret (pages 213 a'' 354), 1667 a'' 1702 was and English poet and clergyman. He was the son of Thomas Pomfret, vicar of Luton, and went to school in Bedford. After graduating from QueenaTM s College, Cambridge he was appointed rector of Maulden in Bedfordshire in 1695. He published a number of poems but The Choice (in this volume), is the poem for which Pomfret is most remembered, especially as it was chosen by Roger Lonsdale as the first poem in The New Oxford Book of Eighteenth Century Verse.