MILMAN, H[enry]. H[art]. ~ Samor Lord of the Bright City. An Heroic Poem. London: W. Bulmer and Co., 1818.
8vo (210 × 128 mm), pp. viii, 358. Contemporary half calf, gilt panelled spine. Rubbed, old shelf marks to foot of spine. Early ownership inscription to initial blank ‘H[arriet]. Septima Le Blanc’. A good copy.
First edition. ‘an epic of the class of Southey’s Madoc and Landor’s Gebir... The subject is the Saxon invasion of Britain and the ‘bright city’ is Gloucester. ‘He was educated under Dr Burney at Greenwich, and subsequently at Eton College and at Brasenose College, Oxford, where his career was remarkably brilliant. He matriculated on 25 May 1810, and graduated BA (1814), MA (1816), and BD and DD (1849). In 1812 he won the Newdigate prize with an English poem on the ‘Apollo Belvidere’, which was considered by A. P. Stanley the most perfect of Oxford prize poems. Jackson, p. 437.