PERCY (THOMAS) Reliques of Ancient English Poetry: Consisting of Old Heroic ballads, Songs, and Other Pieces of our Earlier Poets, 3 vol., FIRST EDITION, WITH A LOOSELY INSERTED NOTE PARTLY IN THE AUTHOR'S HAND
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PERCY (THOMAS) Reliques of Ancient English Poetry: Consisting of Old Heroic ballads, Songs, and Other Pieces of our Earlier Poets, 3 vol., FIRST EDITION, WITH A LOOSELY INSERTED NOTE PARTLY IN THE AUTHOR'S HAND, 1765
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PERCY (THOMAS)
Reliques of Ancient English Poetry: Consisting of Old Heroic ballads, Songs, and Other Pieces of our Earlier Poets, 3 vol., FIRST EDITION, WITH A LOOSELY INSERTED NOTE PARTLY IN THE AUTHOR'S HAND, engraved frontispiece, title vignettes and head- and tail-pieces by Grignion after Wale, dedication to the Countess of Northumberland [by Samuel Johnson], engraved leaf of music at end of volume 2, errata leaf at end, half-titles in volumes 2-3 as called for (but without blank A1 in volume one, and advertisement and 'To the Binder' leaves in volume 3), a little light foxing at beginning of volume one, early nineteenth-century russia, spine gilt, g.e., one or two joints skilfully repaired [Rothschild 1521; Courtney & Nichol Smith, p.111; Hazen, Samuel Johnson's Prefaces and Dedications, pp. 158-168)], small 8vo, J. Dodsley, 1765

Footnotes

  • A fine association copy, with a loosely inserted note headed "30 Hermit, gilt", mainly in the hand of an amanuensis but with autograph additions by Percy. The note comprises a list of recipients of copies of Percy's Hermit of Warkworth, 1771, and includes "6 Do. uncut, presents", "8 to Northumberland House", "4 to Edinburgh", and one copy each to the playwrights Samuel Dyer, George Colman, Amyas Bushe, Mrs. Anna Williams, Mrs. Anne Penny and W. Hawkins. The last two have been added alongside the main list in Percy's hand, along with "Mr(s) Lettice" and "Mr Turner".

    Provenance: The Duke of Northumberland, with a loosely inserted engraving (the title-page vignette for the Hermit of Warkworth), inscribed "Ex dono Ducis Northumb"; William Beckford (see loosely inserted article refering to the binding and Hamitlon palace Sale of 1882-1883); purchased from Dawsons of Pall Mall, 1977; Professor Timothy Smiley.
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