1835 Life and Works, William Cowper by Robert Southey. Complete in 15 vols. Baldwin & Cradock

$499.99

Fifteen volumes comprising of the Works of Cowper by Robert Southey; a rare set to find complete as the publisher, Baldwin & Cradock, went bankrupt upon completion of the printing. Volumes 1 to 3 - The Life of Cowper. Volumes 4 to 7, Letter of Cowper. Volumes 8 to 10 - Poems. Volumes 11 to 14 - Translations of Homer. Volume 15 - More letters and prose works (Curry, Southey).

In handsome bindings, with 21 engravings (15 frontis plates, 15 engraved title pages, and 11 portraits).

About Cowper -

William Cowper (1731 –1800) was an English poet and hymnodist. One of the most popular poets of his time, Cowper changed the direction of 18th century nature poetry by writing of everyday life and scenes of the English countryside. In many ways, he was one of the forerunners of Romantic poetry. Samuel Taylor Coleridge called him "the best modern poet", whilst William Wordsworth particularly admired his poem Yardley-Oak.
Provenance -

Ex Libris plate of "Moulton Grange", with their arms, on pastedown of each volume.

Physical Attributes -

Each measures approx. 17 x 11 x 2.5 cm. Moroccan leather spines and board corners. Spine with five lightly raised bands, some gilt and title and volume in gilt on Moroccan overlays. Marbled papers cover the boards. Marbled endpapers. All edges marbled. Illustrated. 15 volumes.

Condition -

See pictures. A little shelf wear with some rubbing at edges, corners and joints. Spines slightly darkened. Ex libris on pastedown of each volume. Volume one has some pencil bookseller marks on the blank unpaginated front endpapers. The plates (frontis, title and portraits) are foxed and some have ghosted onto the facing pages. Very occasional bumped/dog eared page corner right at corner. No annotations. No tears.

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