Specimens of The British Poets

Specimens of The British Poets


Specimens of The British Poets 1844

By Thomas Campbell

Printed In London For John Murray

The Volume is in Very Good Condition bound in full gilt & blind ruled english calf, with the spine divided into six gilt-stamped compartments by five gilt & raised bands, with a red morocco letter-piece in the second compartment from the top, and with board edge and turn ins gilt tooled, as well as leaf edges and binders blanks marbled. Externally the boards and spine are lightly scuffed, primarily surface scratches, with the board corners bumped a bit, and no chipping to the spine and with the hinges showing little wear. Internally the leaves are generally clean and amply margined, with some mild foxing scattered throughout, with some light occasional toning otherwise.
The Volume is Complete in All Respects With Portrait plate and plate of Chaucer’s Tomb. See below for pagination & dimensions.

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Of Thomas Campbell

Thomas Campbell was a Scottish poet chiefly remembered for his sentimental poetry dealing especially with human affairs. He was a founder and the first President of the Clarence Club and a co-founder of the Literary Association of the Friends of Poland, he was also one of the initiators of a plan to found what became University College London. In 1799, he wrote “The Pleasures of Hope”, a traditional 18th-century didactic poem in heroic couplets. He also produced several stirring patriotic war songs—”Ye Mariners of England”, “The Soldier’s Dream”, “Hohenlinden” and in 1801, “The Battle of Mad and Strange Turkish Princes”.

In 1812 he delivered a series of lectures on poetry in London at the Royal Institution; and he was urged by Sir Walter Scott to become a candidate for the chair of literature at Edinburgh University. In 1814 he went to Paris, making there the acquaintance of the elder Schlegel, of Baron Cuvier and others. His pecuniary anxieties were relieved in 1815 by a legacy of £4000. He continued to occupy himself with his Specimens of the British Poets, the design of which had been projected years before. The work was published in 1819. It contains on the whole an admirable selection with short lives of the poets, and prefixed to it an essay on poetry containing much valuable criticism.

Pagination & Dimensions

The volume is paginated as follows: [4], [iii]-xc, [ii], [1]-716. The volume collates as follows: [a-b]2, [c]4, d-h, B-2Y8, 2Z4, 3A2. The volume measures about 24 cm. By 16.5 cm. By 5 cm. Each leaf measures about 230 mm. By 150 mm.

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