circa 1858 Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson. Stunning endpapers!


An attractive fine binding holds this classic work by Samuel Johnson, The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets. Also, the binder used one of the most attractive endpaper designs I've seen, with a gilt cross-hatch that causes them to glow, reminiscent of the earlier Dutch Gilt endpapers.

The printing is undated, but the title page seems to have an "1858" on it. (Side note - The translation on the back of the title page, and the heavily annotated chapter on Milton, and the date, coincide with an 1862 publication by Henry Barnard on Milton's education).

About the Work -

This edition includes a biography on Johnson by Sir Walter Scott. Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets (1779–81) is a work by Samuel Johnson, comprising short biographies and critical appraisals of 52 poets, most of whom lived during the eighteenth century. It is arranged, approximately, by date of death. Six of the Lives have been singled out as the most "important": John Milton, John Dryden, Alexander Pope, Joseph Addison, Jonathan Swift, and Thomas Gray.

Physical Attributes -

Measures 18 x 12 x 2.5 cm. Leather. Title in gilt on spine. Turn-ins have gilt also. All edges gilt (AEG). Pages - (2), xiv, 588 (2).

Condition -

See pictures. A little shelf wear. Mild foxing spots on occasional throughout, more towards the endpapers. Name and date on title page, translation of passage on back of title page, chapter on Milton heavily annotated.

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