Title THE WORKS IN VERSE AND PROSE OF WILLIAM SHENSTONE, ESQ. IN TWO VOLUMES WITH DECORATIONS
Binding Full calf
Book Condition Very Good
Edition First Thus
Publisher London Printed by W. Woodfall, For J.Dodsley in Pall-mall. 1768
Seller ID 111
12mo.(7” x 4½“). 2 volume set. Vol. I: [1 - 5]; 6 - 332 (+ Table of Contents). Vol II: vii; [1 - 3]; 4 - 343. Contemporary calf binding with double rule in gold along edges of both boards; spine with 5 raised bands highlighted by gold ruling and 6 compartments; titles in gold on red morocco label and volume numbers in gold. Vol I contains an engraved frontis. of the author, pictoral title page and vignette illustrations throughout. Vol. II contains an engraved alligorical fronits of author, pictoral title page, vignette illustrations throughout and a foldout map of Leasowes; catchwords in both volumes. Shenstone not only was a poet but a landscape gardener who created one of the most famous landscaped gardens in 18th C. England at his country seat of Leasowes. Following Shenstone's premature death in 1763, Shenstone's friend and publisher Robert Dodsley published Shenstone's entire oeuvre for the first time in 1764. This third edition of Shenstone's works is especially important as it is the first publication of a map and descriptions of the gardens at Leasowes. His essay, Unconnected Thoughts on Gardening (vol II p.111) is still considered a brilliant analysis of landscape gardening. Orignial binding is darkened with some stains and rubbed head, tail and corners; all joints are cracked, but hinges and binding remain firm; text block is fresh with the exception of contemporary ink spots to a couple of pages and light foxing to the front few pages of both volumes. Still a handsome set. Day and Lynch, The Encyclopedia of British Literature 1660 - 1789. Volume 1; 1138 (Buie).
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