The Chiswick Press, London; 1867. 1st edition. Signed by the Riviere bindery. Illustrated with 4 sepia-toned photographs, and ornaments. Full decorated brown morocco. 415 pp. 4to. Very good.
Incredibly beautiful full leather small folio, containing Gray’s influential “An Elegy Written in a Country Church-Yard”, along with other poems and several of the poet’s correspondences. Lavish gilt floral tooling to the spine, with raised bands and a dark leather label. Gold dentelles and turnover edges, with the borders likewise gilded. All page edges gilt, with marbled endpapers. Contains original photographs, mounted, and headpieces and tailpieces. Presentation page bound in, to a student at Eton, with a Latin inscription and signature. Bookplate on the pastedown. Exterior with faint soiling in spots and rubbing to the edges. Mild foxing inside.
Thomas Gray, (born Dec. 26, 1716, London—died July 30, 1771, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, Eng.), English poet whose “An Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard” is one of the best known of English lyric poems. Although his literary output was slight, he was the dominant poetic figure in the mid-18th century and a precursor of the Romantic movement.