JOHNSON, Samuel (1709-1784). The Poetical Works ... now first collected. London: for the editor and sold by G. Kearsley, 1785. 8° (165 x 100mm). 2 advertisement leaves at end. (Some browning and waterstaining to title, preliminary and end leaves, N1 with hole at inner margin, N2 with inner margin restored.) Contemporary half calf over marbled boards, marbled endpapers (spine split, section of marbling on lower cover torn away, corners worn). Provenance: Francis Parry Clark (faded ownership inscription, dated 1785, on title) -- purchased from Papantonio, New York, 30 June 1941. FIRST EDITION. Courtney and Smith p. 157.
PERCY, Thomas, Bishop of Dromore (1729-1811). Reliques of Ancient English Poetry. London: J. Dodsley, 1765. 3 volumes, 8° (171 x 100mm). Engraved frontispiece by C. Grignion in volume I, engraved leaf of music at end of volume II, engraved title vignettes, head- and tailpieces. With A1 blank, errata and advertisement leaf in volume I. Half-titles in volumes II-III. (Some spotting and staining.) Contemporary polished calf, spines gilt with contrasting labels, sprinkled edges, morocco-backed slipcase. ATTRACTIVE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION. The dedication, though signed by Thomas Percy, is by Samuel Johnson. Courtney & Smith p. 111; Hazen p. 158; Rothschild 1521. (4)