3 December 2010
[KNOX, Vicesimus]. Elegant Extracts:from the Most Eminent Prose Writers; Elegant Epistles:from the Most Eminent Epistolary Writers; Elegant Extracts:from the Most Eminient British Poets. London: Whittingham and Rowland for John Sharpe and R. Jennings, n.d.
18 volumes, 16o (126 x 78 mm). 36 engraved frontispieces (some light spotting). Conemporary beige straight-grained morocco, covers with gilt- and blind-stamped borders, gilt lyre centerpieces, flat spines in 5 compartments with 4 raised bands, black morocco labels in 2 compartments, a repeated ornamental gilt panel in the rest, board edges and turn-ins gilt, pink endpapers, edges gilt concealing 18 FORE-EDGE PAINTINGS: SELBORNE; ETON FROM THE RIVER; LICHFIELD; BERKHAMSTED; EAST DERHAM; STRATFORD-ON-AVON; STRAWBERRY HILL; STEELE'S COTTAGE, HAVERSTOCK HILL; MIDDLE TEMPLE HALL; POPE'S VILLA AT TWICKENHAM; RICHMOND BRIDGE; CHARLECOTE; TEMPLE BAR; STOKE POGES CHURCH; ST. GILES CHURCH, CRIPPLEGATE; ALDEBURGH; STOKE POGES CHURCHYARD; ALLOWAY KIRK (a few joints rubbed, and a few hinges split or cracked, a few covers lightly soiled); modern cabinet-like morocco folding case with three tiers and window pane. Provenance: Mary E. Paterson (gift inscription in ink from her Great Aunt Barnard); Estelle Doheny (bookplate; her sale Christie's New York, 21 February 1989, lot 1947).
Lichfield is the birthplace of Samuel Johnson. Berkhamsted is William Cowper's birthplace, and East Derham is his burial place. Aldeburgh is George Crabbe's birthplace. Stoke Poges Churchyard is home to a memorial to Thomas Gray. Weber I, p.152-153.
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