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An Elegy Written In a Country Church-Yard

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An Elegy written in a Country Churchyard - Fifth Edition, Corrected

Gray, Thomas

Printed for R. Dodsley in Pall Mall ; And Fold By M. Cooper in Pater-noster-Row, 1751. Book. Rare. Custom Bound. Fifth Edition, Corrected. The fifth edition (corrected), published the same year as the first. Woodcuts, used as divides on title page, with motifs of death: skull, crossed bones, gravediggers, spade, etc. With Walpole's anonymous "Advertisement", and "wrote" dropped from the title in favour of "written". A remarkably clean and well-preserved copy housed in a custom-made linen folder, with fine leather spine and tips, and two leather labels with crisp gilt lettering on the front cover. Previous owner's leather label to front cover beneath title label ("Paul T. Platt, New York, 1951"). Text clean, binding strong. [Montreal Books rating system: 1. Fine; 2. Near Fine; 3. Very Good; 4. Good; 5. Fair.].

$3,000.00


Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

Gray, Thomas

Worcester, MA: Achille J. St. Onge, 1960. Brockman, James. 45pp. Printed by Enschedé en Zonen in Holland. The text of the book is accompanied by several full-page illustrations printed in green, along with a frontispiece portrait of the author. Featuring a designer binding by the renowned English binder James Brockman. A church steeple, represented with an onlay of bright red morocco, is depicted on the spine of the book and serves as a lettering piece for the title. The steeple rises above a churchyard comprised of onlays of moss-green morocco, with the silhouettes of graves and crosses stamped in dark gray. The decoration is set against a background of deep violet morocco. Four rows of rose-shaped tooling, in various shades of gold leaf and palladium, suggest lines of poetry. Brockman's work is in major public and private collections in England and the United States, including the Victoria and Albert Museum. He first apprenticed as a gold finisher, ascending to Sydney Cockerell's assistant for five years and later working with another master binder, Ivor Robinson. Brockman is a leader in innovative binding design and former president of the Designer Bookbinders. Housed in a violet buckram box lined with purple velvet, gilt-titled to spine. A.e.g. (2 3/8 by 1 5/8; 61x42mm).

$2,750.00

An Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard.

Gray, Thomas.

Printed for R. Dodsley, London: 1751. Fourth edition, corrected, printed the same year as the first edition., 1751.. Fourth edition, corrected, printed the same year as the first edition.. Each page with expertly repaired tear, only page eleven with a few words obscured by small paper patch. Internally very good with wide margins, externally near fine and bright.. Twentieth century one-half crushed red morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, spine titled in gilt. Cambridge bibliography, volume 2, column 579.

$1,000.00


An Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard

GRAY, Thomas [1716-1771] & WOLFE, General James [1727-1759] (subject)

London: R. and J. Dodsley, 1756. 10th Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good. 11 pp. (4to) 24.7x19 cm. (9¾x7½"), modern full brown morocco. Tape repairs in gutter of title page; light toning; very good in a fine modern binding. A nice large copyTenth Edition. Scarce early edition of Gray's classic verse. First published in 1751, this is one of the great poems in English. Northup, Bibliography of Gray, p. 75.A midshipman who was present used to relate that, as Wolfe sat among his officers, and the boats floated down silently with the current, he recited, in low and touching tones, Gray's Elegy in a Country Churchyard, then just published. One stanza may especially have accorded with his melancholy mood: This was the poem James Wolfe was said to have rather written than take Quebec. (written by Thomas Gray) "The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power, And all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave, Await alike the inevitable hour: The paths of glory lead but to the grave." "Now, gentlemen," said he, when he had finished, "I would rather be the author of that poem than take Quebec." "Nobody knew that [Major General James] Wolfe, reciting Gray's Elegy in 1759 as his boat was rowed up the St. Lawrence [to Quebec] the night before his death, said that 'he would prefer being the author of that poem to the glory of beating the French tomorrow,' until in 1815, in Vol. VII of the Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, appeared a biography of its secretary, John Robison, LL. D., professor of natural philosophy in the University of Edinburgh, who as a young man had been a midshipman in Wolfe's flotilla."-Carroll A. Wilson, "Familiar 'Small College' Quotations, II: Mark Hopkins and the Log," The Colophon, spring 1938, p. 204.A similar edition, (to this 10th edition 1756) the 9th edition, 1754, was given to Wolfe the day before he sailed to Quebec on the Netune by his fiancèe, Katherine Lowther. Wolfe made notes on his copy of this poem. The Wolfe noted copy of this similar 1754, ninth edition publication, is in the Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library (U of T) in Toronto. Because of the Wolfe notations and therefore it's Canadian cultural heritage, University of Toronto paid $400,000 to purchase the signed 1754 copy in 1988.

$750.00

Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.

GRAY, THOMAS.

Essex House Press for Edward Arnold. First Essex House Press edition, number 41 of 125 numbered copies, all printed on vellum.. Vellum binding a little soiled and spotted; text fine; very good copy.. Northup 699; Ransom, Essex House Press, 14. 8vo, original blind-stamped vellum, gilt lettering. Hand-colored frontis and initial letters by George Thompson.

$600.00


Elegy Written in a Country Church-Yard

Gray, Thomas

London: The Limited Editions Club at the Raven Press, 1938. Fine/fine. The Limited Editions Club at the Raven Press, Near Fine hardcover, in Very Good clear dustjacket, in Very Good slipcase. Spine has slight sunfading, clear dustjacket has some chips at top edge of spine area, slipcase starting to have areas of cloth separation from backing. Of the 1500 copies printed, this one is numbered 330 and is SIGNED by Agnes Miller Park in pen.

$500.00


Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

Gray, Thomas

Audubon, NJ: William Lewis Washburn, 1929. Washburn, William Lewis. x, 17pp. One of 64 copies. A lovely rendering of this classic text, printed in red and black. This is the first publication from this distinguished printer's series of miniature books. Very slight rubbing to spine ends, else fine in full green morocco, title stamped in gilt on upper cover. Top edge orange. From the collection of noted miniature book collector Rabbi Kalman Levitan, who helped found and was the first president of The Miniature Book Society, with his booklabel on front paste-down. (Welsh 3139; LXIVmos. Newsletter no. 21; MBC 2:1 p. 6). (3 1/4 by 2 3/16; 82x56mm).

$450.00

Elegy Written in a Country Church-yard

Thomas Gray

Philadelphia: John W. Moore, 1866. Reprint. Leather. Good/No Dust Jacket. E.S. Gilbert. blue leather w/ extensive gilt decorative stamping front, back & spine, - woodcut illustrations, front hinge cracked, fpep missing, scattered light foxing, else clean & tight - a beautiful, well preserved specimen of a quality production of Gray's classic - Since 1997 delivering quality books to our neighbors, all around the world!

$449.95


ELEGY WRITTEN IN A COUNTRY CHURCH-YARD

GRAY, Thomas (Agnes Miller PARKER)

London: Limited Editions Club, 1938. Hardcover. Spine a tad darkened as usual; otherwise, Fine in a Fine slipcase. Agnes Miller Parker. Small quarto (7" x 10") bound in stone-gray Winterbottom linen buckram with a relief design embossed in silver on the front cover, 92 pages. Beautifully illustrated with 32 full-page wood engravings by Agnes Miller Parker sketched in the very same country church-yard that inspired the poem. Copy #214 of 1500 SIGNED by the artist on the colophon page. Monthly Letter laid in.

$437.50

Elegy Written in a Country Church-Yard.

GRAY, Thomas.

London: Limited Editions Club, 1938. Limited. hardcover. near fine. Introduction by Sir Hugh Walpole. Decorated with wood-engravings sketched by Agnes Miller Parker. Title-page vignette, 72pp., tall slim 8vo, pictorial, blind-stamped cloth, silver title on spine, cloth slipcase. London: The Limited Editions Club, 1938. Near Fine. Limited Edition, one of 1500 copies signed by the artist.

$350.00

Elegy, Written In A Country Church-Yard

GRAY, THOMAS

London: The Limited Editions Club at The Raven Press, 1938. With an introduction by Hugh Walpole. Decorated with wood-engravings sketched in the same country church-yard by Agnes Miller Parker. This edition limited to 1500 numbered and signed copies. This is copy no. 1331, signed by illustrator Agnes Miller Parker. Green buckram boards with embossed design to front board, and silver border. Silver lettered spine, with fade. Original glassine dust jacket present. Blue buckram slipcase in excellent condition. A lovely copy, with the LEC monthly newsletter and card. . Signed by Illustrator. Limited. Hardcover. Very Good +. Illus. by Agnes Miller Parker. Small 4to.

$350.00


ELEGY WRITTEN IN A COUNTRY CHURCH-YARD

GRAY, Thomas (Agnes Miller PARKER)

London: Limited Editions Club, 1938. Hardcover. Small tape stains to endpapers; spine a little sunned. Near Fine in a Near Fine slipcase. Agnes Miller Parker. Small quarto (7" x 10") bound in forest green buckram with a relief design stamped in silver on the front cover, 92 pages. Beautifully illustrated with 32 full-page wood engravings by Agnes Miller Parker sketched in the very same country church-yard that inspired the poem. Copy #166 of 1500 SIGNED by the artist on the colophon page.

$312.50

ELEGY WRITTEN IN A COUNTRY CHURCH-YARD

GRAY, THOMAS

Philadelphia: John W. Moore, 1846. Front color gilt vignette. All edges gilt. Spine ends frayed. Bottom corners bumped. Yellow endpapers. Thirty-three wood engravings by R.S. Gilbert, ALL HAND-COLORED. A lovely copy of this classic work of English poetry first published in 1751. The first Moore edition was published a year before this one, in 1845. We have not found another copy sold in recent history with all hand-colored illustrations. . Second Printing. Red Cloth. Light Wear and Soiling./No Jacket. Thin Octavo.

$275.00

Elegy Written in a Country Church-Yard

GRAY, THOMAS

Boston: Moses A. Dow, n.d. [1852]. First Edition, thus; BAL 16440; issued as a memorial to the recently deceased Daniel Webster, who called for the reading of this poem on his death bed. Frontispiece portrait of Webster; two prefaces, and additional memorial poems, including one by T. Buchanan Read; each stanza is on a page with a border and a woodcut illustration; publisher’s decorated cloth; very slight wear; fine.

$275.00

ELEGY WRITTEN IN A COUNTRY CHURCH YARD

Gray, Thomas

Limited Editions Club. FINE book, in FINE clear DJ, NEAR FINE slipcase. MINT contents.. 1938. 1st thus.. Hardcover.. FINE book, FINE DJ. Copy # 1267. Agnes Miller Park illus & signed. Hugh Walpole intro. .

$250.00


ELEGY WRITTEN IN A COUNTRY CHURCH-YARD

GRAY, Thomas (Agnes Miller PARKER)

London: Limited Editions Club, 1938. Hardcover. Spine a little sunned. Near Fine, lacking the slipcase. Agnes Miller Parker. Small quarto (7" x 10") bound in forest green buckram with a relief design on the front cover stamped in silver, 92 pages. Superbly illustrated with 32 full-page wood engravings by Agnes Miller Parker sketched in the very same country church-yard that inspired the poem. Copy #380 of 1500 SIGNED by the artist on the colophon page. A beautiful book.

$250.00

Elegy Written in a Country Church-Yard

Gray, Thomas; Sir Hugh Walpole (intro)

London: The Limited Editions Club. Near Fine with no dust jacket. 1938. Special Edition. First Printing. Hard Cover. Limited edition (this is Copy No. 458 of 1500), signed by the artist on the limitation page. Bound in full stone-gray Winterbottom linen buckram with a relief design embossed in silver on the front cover, fore-edge deckle. In Slipcase. Beautifully illustrated with 32 full-page wood engravings by Agnes Miller Parker sketched in the very same country church-yard that inspired the poem. Introduction by Hugh Walpole. It is known that Gray wrote the Elegy between 1746 and 1750. Three manuscript drafts are in existence. One manuscript, now at Eton College, is probably the original draft; and the text of this manuscript is printed in the last pages of the present edition. Although the first printing was issued anonymously in 1751, an edition issued in 1768 received the poet's final approbation. Therefore the text used in the present edition to company Miss Parker's engravings follows closely the approved edition of 1768.. The volume is in excellent condition, unmarked, tight, square, and clean; the silver on the cover is very lightly rubbed, and the spine is mildly sunned, else as new. The slipcase is in fine condition. NEAR FINE. . Wood engravings. Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall. xv, 71, (1-Limitation) pp .

$235.00

Elegy Written in a Country Church-Yard

Gray, Thomas, Illustrated

London: John Van Voorst, 1839. HB NODJ, Gold Gilt edge pgs, COVER has rub , Some OF BACKSTRIP IS Not present ON Spine, FORMER Owner Name, few stains pages ,MDCCCXXXIX, 1839, 1st Illustrated edition, , Good+, AS-IS, NODJ. First Thus. Hard Cover.

$221.00

An Elegy Written in a Country Church-Yard (2 Volume Set)

Gray, Thomas

San Francisco: Printed for William Andrews Clark, Jr., By John Henry Nash. 1925. F First Edition Thus. H 3/4 Vellum. Very Good. Slight rubbing and browning to covers (vellum over boards; chiefly at edges); slight internal browning to edges. xxx, 11, [2]; [5], 11, [4] pages. Title on spines: Gray's Elegy: In Facsimile. Modernized fine-print reissue of the text of the famous poem, with a facsimile of its original 1751 issue. Historical and bibliographical foreword by William Andrews Clark, Jr.; introduction by James Southall Wilson; includes bibliographical references. One of 200 numbered sets, printed for private distribution (this is number 188); printed complementary presentation slip of William Andrews Clark, Jr. present. 2 volumes complete (small folio and small 4to): bound in 3/4 white vellum over gray boards, gilt-stamped dark red morocco labels, plain endpapers, all edges untrimmed; enclosed in original publisher's heavy stock slipcase (slightly soiled and rubbed; chiefly to edges and printed paper spine label).

$194.96

Elegy Written In a Country Churchyard

Gray, Thomas

London: Sampson Low, 1857. red cloth with gilt title and embellishments, rubbed edges, gilt top, b/w engravings, lightened spine, bumped spine and corners, small mark to rear, name and date to ffep, 24pp+blank page between. 1st Edition 1st Printing. Hard Back. Good/No DJ. 10 x 140 x 200 Mm.

$162.64