Four Elegies: descriptive and moral. by (MISCELLANY). SCOTT, John.

~ Four Elegies: descriptive and moral. 1760.

pp. [4], 23, [1], complete with the half-title; engraved title vignette and tailpiece by Grignion after Wale.

[bound with:] MASON, William. Elegies... the Second Edition. London: Printed for Robert Horsfield... sold by R. and J. Dodsley,... and C. Marsh... Also by W. Thurlbourn and J. Woodyer in Cambridge; W. Tesseyman, in York; and W. Ward, in Sheffield. 1763. pp. [4], 22, [2], with half-title and final blank.

[and:] GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Traveller, or a Prospect of Society. A Poem. Inscribed to the Rev. Mr. Henry Goldsmith... the Second Edition. London: Printed for J. Newbury... 1765. pp. [4], iv, 23, [1], with half-title. Roscoe A 199 (4).

[and:] GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Deserted Village, a Poem... the Fourth Edition. London: Printed for W. Griffin... 1770. pp. vii, [1], 23, [3], including half-title and final blank; engraved title vignette by Isaac Taylor.

Four works bound together, 4to (262 × 201 mm); contemporary quarter calf, marbled boards; rubbed, edges worn; early bookplate ‘Bromley-Martin, Ham Court’; very good copies.

The miscellany opens with the first edition of Scott’s Four Elegies, his first separate publication. ‘Edward Young praised his Four Elegies Descriptive and Moral ... which also received attention from Elizabeth Carter and Catherine Talbot. These poems explore the tension between a sense of loss and hard-won contentment, recognizing the inevitability of change but urging virtue as an antidote to political and moral decline’ (Oxford DNB).

Keywords: english, literature, poetry
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