The minstrel; or, the progress of genius: and Other Poems.
London. Printed for John Sharpe, 1827.
12mo. xiv, 176pp. With an additional engraved title page and a further five engraved plates. Contemporary calf, contrasting red morocco lettering-piece, gilt, marbled edges. A trifle rubbed and marked. Marbled endpapers, recent bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst to FEP, inked gift inscription to verso of FFEP, pencilled annotations to front blank fly-leaves, occasional inked highlighting.
A handsome copy of Scottish poet and philosopher James Beattie's (1735- 1803) most influential poem, first published in two books in 1771 and 1774. Composed in Spenserian stanza, the poem describes the childhood of Edwin, a shepherd boy brought up in solitary mountainous country, and his imaginative response to nature. The work was greatly admired by William Wordsworth, who cited it as an inspiration.£ 50.00 Antiquates Ref: 21569