Lot 136 of 366:
Designs by Mr. R. Bentley for Poems by Gray 1753  

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Title:
Designs by Mr. R. Bentley, for Six Poems by Mr. T. Gray

Author:
Gray, Thomas

Place:
London

Publisher:
R. Dodsley

Date:
1753

Description:

 [4], 36 numbered leaves printed on recto only, 4 page "Explanation of Prints" at the rear. With 6 engraved plates and 13 vignettes by Richard Bentley. (Folio) 37.5x26 cm (14¼x10½"), quarter period calf and marbled paper boards, gilt rules. Second Edition. 

 

Second edition, with “Designs, &c.” on the half-title and the inverted "p" in place of "d" on page 26.  A pioneering work of collaboration between poet and artist and recognized as a landmark work of its kind. The instigator behind it was Horace Walpole, who was friends with Bentley, Gray and the publisher Dodsley. The text reprints four poems by Gray and two, “A Long Story” and "Hymn to Adversity," appear here for the first time. Bookplate of American book collector Charles Walker Andrews on the front paste-down. Hazen, Horace Walpole, 42; Rothschild 1061; Northup 178; NCBEL II, 579.

 


Lot Amendments

Condition:
Some toning and staining to boards, rubbing at edges; early catalog descriptions of the volume are mounted on front pastedown, along with some pencil notes, scattered light foxing; very good.


 
Item number:
309073
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