CARY, Henry Francis, the Reverend. ~ The early French Poets, a Series of Notices and Translations… with an introductory Sketch of the History of French Poetry by his Son the Rev. Henry Cary… London: Henry G. Bohn, 1846.
12mo (170 × 100 mm.), [iv] (blank and half-title), lxiv, 279, . Two leaves from another edition tipped in between pp. [iii] & iv giving a life of the author. A few leaves only with very light marginal browning. Publisher’s decorative blindstamped brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Faint dampstains to covers. Inscription to endpaper ‘The Editor of Dolman’s Magazine with the Publisher’s Compts’, armorial bookplate (pasted over another) of John R. Digby, Botleigh Grange. A very good copy.
First edition in book form, publisher’s presentation copy of this important posthumous collection. Acquainted with both Coleridge and Lamb, Cary was one of the circle of Romantic authors cultivated by the publishers Taylor and Hessey. He is best remembered as the translator of Dante. He collected much of his material on the early French poets (Chartier, Ronsard, Marot, Froissart and the minstrel poets) on a visit to France in 1821, and published several articles on that subject in the London Magazine. It is these that were republished posthumously in the present form with an introduction by the author’s son.