1863. . A bright collection of the poems and letters of Thomas Gray. Illustrated with four photogravure plates, and numerous woodcut head-and-tailpieces. Including his letters to Mr. Walpole, Mr West, his mother, and many others. With Eton dedication page and dedication to a previous . It is believed that Gray began writing his masterpiece, the Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, in the graveyard of St Giles parish church in Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, in 1742. After several years of leaving it unfinished, he completed it in 1750. The poem was a literary sensation when published by Robert Dodsley in February 1751. Its reflective, calm and stoic tone was greatly admired, and it was pirated, imitated, quoted and translated into Latin and Greek.
Large sized book in a morocco binding with gilt decoration to the spine. The front cover is split at the spine, but still attached. The leather is well worn, but could be greatly improved with some tlc. Marbled endpapers and the following free endpapers are quite speckled. Text block outer is a very shiny gilt. The interior is in lovely condition inspite of light speckling.
Listing as very good inspite of the cover. A very beautiful book.