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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.].

  • Published: 1751
  • Condition: Rare
  • Edition: Fifth Edition, Corrected
Sold by: Montreal Books
$3,000.00

An Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard

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

London: R. and J. Dodsley, 1756. 10th Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good. 11 pp. (4to) 24.7x19 cm. (9 x7 "), modern full brown morocco. Tape repairs in gutter of title page; light toning; very good in a fine modern binding. A nice large copy Tenth 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."ÑCarroll 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 fiancee, 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.

  • Published: 1756
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Edition: 10th Edition
Sold by: Lord Durham Rare Books Inc. (IOBA)
$1,375.00

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. Cambridge bibliography, volume 2, column 579

  • Published: 1751
  • Condition: Each page with expertly repaired tear, only page eleven with a few words obscured by small paper patch. Internally very good wit
  • Edition: Fourth edition, corrected, printed the same year as the first ed
Sold by: The Hermitage Bookshop, Member ABAA
$1,000.00

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. .

  • Published: 1938
  • Condition: FINE book, in FINE clear DJ, NEAR FINE slipcase. MINT contents.
  • Edition: 1st thus.
Sold by: Quiet Friends
$500.00

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.

  • Published: 1938
  • Condition: Fine
Sold by: Karl Books
$500.00

[Miniature] Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

GRAY, THOMAS

Audubon, NJ: William Lewis Washburn, 1929. 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).

  • Published: 1929
Sold by: Bromer Booksellers
$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

  • Published: 1866
  • Condition: Good
  • Edition: Reprint
Sold by: The Published Page Bookshop
$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.

  • Published: 1938
  • Condition: Spine a tad darkened as usual; otherwise, Fine in a Fine slipcase
Sold by: Charles Agvent
$437.50

AN ELEGY Written in a Country Churchyard

Gray, Thomas

London: A & C Black. Very Good+. 1914. Hardcover. Light green boards with dark green and blue design of trees and a church. 8 tipped-in plates from watercolors; 8vo; 73 pages .

  • Published: 1914
  • Condition: Very Good+
Sold by: Complete Traveller Antiquarian Bookstore
$392.00

ELEGY WRITTEN IN A COUNTRY CHURCH-YARD

GRAY, Thomas (Agnes Miller PARKER)

London: Limited Editions Club, 1938. Hardcover. Spine a little sunned otherwise Fine in a 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 #710 of 1500 SIGNED by the artist on the colophon page.

  • Published: 1938
  • Condition: Spine a little sunned otherwise Fine in a Fine slipcase
Sold by: Charles Agvent
$375.00

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.NearFine. Limited Edition, one of 1500 copies signed by the artist.

  • Published: 1938
  • Condition: near fine
  • Edition: Limited
Sold by: Argosy Book Store
$375.00

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.

  • Published: 1938
  • Condition: Very Good +
  • Edition: Limited
Sold by: Contact Editions
$365.00

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.

  • Published: 1938
  • Condition: Small tape stains to endpapers; spine a little sunned. Near Fine in a Near Fine slipcase
Sold by: Charles Agvent
$312.50

An Elegy Written in a Country Church-Yard. [2 Volumes; one a facimile of the 1751 first edition, the other a fine printing, limitation 122 of 200 privately printed]

Gray, Thomas

San Francisco: John Henry Nash, 1925. Hardcover. Fine/Very Good. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Wilke, William. 2 volumes, one a facsimile of the 1751 first edition, the other a fine printing. Illustrated with frontispiece portrait designed and drawn by William Wilke. Dimensions: 9 3/4" x 7 3/4" x 14" & 9", vellum backed gray boards, red morocco spine labels lettered in gilt; both vols. housed in individual compartments in a single slipcase with printed paper spine label. No. 122 of 200 copies privately printed for William Andrews Clark, Jr., by John Henry Nash. Smaller volume is a facsimile of the original 1751 first edition, with facsimile notations and inscriptions to front flyleaves. Issued as a Christmas gift for William A. Clark's friends. With "Compliments of William Andrews Clark, Jr., Christmas, 1925" tipped in paper label at front free end paper of larger volume. Slipcase darkened with soiling and rubbing; volumes fine.

  • Published: 1925
  • Condition: Fine
Sold by: De Coux and Associates Books
$295.00

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.

  • Published: n.d. [1852]
  • Condition: First Edition, thus; BAL 16440; issued as a memorial to the recently deceased Daniel Webster, who called for the reading of this
Sold by: Peter L. Stern & Company, Inc.
$275.00

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.

  • Published: 1846
  • Condition: Light Wear and Soiling.
  • Edition: Second Printing
Sold by: Glenn Books
$275.00

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.

  • Published: 1938
  • Condition: Spine a little sunned. Near Fine, lacking the slipcase
Sold by: Charles Agvent
$250.00

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.

  • Published: 1839
  • Edition: First Thus
Sold by: BLUFF PARK RARE BOOKS
$221.00

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.

  • Published: 1857
  • Condition: Good
  • Edition: 1st Edition 1st Printing
Sold by: The Scarlet Pimpernel
$184.36

Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard

Gray, Thomas

London : Limited Edition Club, 1938. Limited Edition Club (LEC) 1st Printing. Hardcover. Fine/Slipcased. Agnes Miller Parker. An exquisite copy of the 1938 Limited Editions Club copy of this very famous Elegy--this is copy 1165 of only 1,500 copies produced. This edition is designed by Robert Ashwin Maynard and printed at The Raven Press at Alperton Middlesex. This copy is signed by the illustrator Agnes Miller Parker--and the illustrations were taken from drawings first done at the same Churchyard where Thomas Gray sat and mused over the Elegy in the 18th Century. This copy is in fine condition with the original plastic like covering protected the cover and enclosed in a slipcase. The slipcase is in near fine condition without any edgewear but with a little light discoloration to one panel--or would also be fine. Hard to find this title in an LEC publication on the internet. Of course, beautifully produced in the usual quality of the Limited Editions Club with handmade paper. A very collectible copy.

  • Published: 1938
  • Condition: Fine
  • Edition: Limited Edition Club (LEC) 1st Printing
Sold by: Classic First Editions
$175.00