The Works of Thomas Gray; Containing His Poems and Correspondence with Memoirs of His Life and Writings. A New Edition, Containing Some Additions, Not Before Printed, with Notes of the Various Editors. Thomas GRAY.
The Works of Thomas Gray; Containing His Poems and Correspondence with Memoirs of His Life and Writings. A New Edition, Containing Some Additions, Not Before Printed, with Notes of the Various Editors.

The Works of Thomas Gray; Containing His Poems and Correspondence with Memoirs of His Life and Writings. A New Edition, Containing Some Additions, Not Before Printed, with Notes of the Various Editors.

London: Harding, Triphook, And Lepard, 1825. ‘New’ Edition. Complete in two volumes; hardcover octavo (19 x 12cm), pp. Vol. 1: [4, blank], frontispiece, [2], ii [contents pages], xvii-cxiv [despite irregular pagination, no text appears to be missing according to the title page], 228, [2, blank]; Vol. 2: [6], xiii, [3], 365, [5, blank]; rebacked by Karen McGuire, dark brown banded leather spine, two tan labels, lettering, borders and detailing in gilt, dark brown leather corners with borders in gilt; marbled paper covered boards; marbled edges of text block and endpapers.

Vol. 1: new spine; top edge lightly rubbed, fore and bottom edges a touch worn; corners rounded and gently abraded; covers a little scuffed; edges of text block a touch scuffed but mostly bright, top edge dust toned; pp.113-128 are firmly attached but a millimetre out of alignment from the rest of the pages; two bookplates adhered to first paste down; top corner off ffep torn off without loss; gently cockled; faint toning to first and last pages and pages either side of frontispiece; faint marking to the bottom corners of pp. 143 until the end of the book; occasional pages of heavy foxing but mostly clean and bright with occasional light spotting throughout.

Vol. 2 in similar condition to Vol. 1, specifically: new spine; edges lightly rubbed; corners rounded and gently abraded; covers a little scuffed, a 3mm wide 35mm tear out of front board; edges of text block a touch scuffed but mostly bright, top edge dust toned; pp.119-122 are firmly attached but a millimetre out of alignment from the rest of the pages; two bookplates adhered to first paste down; gently cockled; faint toning to first and last pages; occasional pages of heavy foxing but mostly clean and bright with occasional light spotting throughout. Item #1041

Thomas Gray (1716-1771) was an English poet, letter writer and fellow of Peterhouse and later, Pembroke College, Cambridge. Gray is responsible for a number of common phrases in the English lexicon following their use in his masterpiece, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, which is published in this volume. Such phrases include, ‘celestial fire,’ ‘kindred spirit,’ ‘Paths of Glory,’ and ‘Far from the Madding Crowd.’.

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