The Shakspeare Gallery, a Poem... by JERNINGHAM, Edward.

The Shakspeare Gallery, a Poem... by JERNINGHAM, Edward.

~ The Shakspeare Gallery, a Poem... London: Printed for J. Robson... 1791.

[bound after:]

—————. Abelard to Eloisa: a Poem... London: Printed for J. Robson... 1792. [And:]

—————. Enthusiasm: a Poem. In two Parts... London: Printed for J. Robson and W. Clarke, Booksellers... 1789.

3 works in one vol., 4to (273 × 220 mm); The Shakespeare Gallery: pp. [8], 24; complete with half-title; final page spotted; Abelard to Eloisa: pp. [2], vii, [1], 15, [1]; complete with half-title (light foxing); Enthusiasm: pp. [4], 33, [1]; early ms. ink correction to p. 2; the title-page to Abelard to Eloisa inscribed in pencil ‘Presented to Mr Bull’, presumably Jerningham’s friend, Richard Bull of Ongar; slightly later half calf, rubbed, upper joint cracked but firm.

First editions. The Shakspeare Gallery is a tribute to John Boydell’s great collection of commissioned and other paintings illustrating passages from Shakespeare, not to ‘pass judgment upon the Pictures... but... to point out new subjects for future exhibitions’ (Advertisement). Abelard to Eloisa, dedicated to the Earl of Carlisle, ‘possesses no small portion of the fire of its great archetype [i.e. Pope, Eloisa to Abelard, 1717], and exhibits the tenderness and best of passions with elegance and force’ (English Review). Jackson, pp. 170, 172, 148.

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