An Elegy Written In a Country Church-Yard
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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.].
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).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Boston: Moses A. Dow, n.d. . 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.
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.
Philadelphia: John W. Moore, 1845. Hardcover. Very Good. R. S. Gilbert. This edition is the first with R. S. Gilbert engravings. Ownership and presentation plate of The Master's Library presented by the Family of Edward Swift Buckley, Sr. Buckley, for many years, figured as a prominent representative of the iron industry of Pennsylvania. He was director of the Philadelphia National Bank and of the Lehigh Coal Navigation Company. The engraver of this volume (Gilbert) was, for a time in the early 19th century, considered the best wood engraver in the US. Brown cloth with blind-stamped boards. Gold lettering and design on front cover. Gift inscription to "Mrs. M. S. Buckley from her daughter Harriet, 1848." All page edges gilt. vi, xxxii, 33 illustrations. Head of spine chipped. Ex-library stamps inside covers. Full refund if not satisfied.
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. .
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.
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, ; , 11,  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).
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.
London: Adam & Charles Black, 1914. 73 numbered pages, tipped in full color frontis with seven additional full color plates, tipped in. Decorative margins to pages with plates, as well as illustrated margins to the printed pages. Color illlustrated front cover, deckle edges. The poet's most famous work, first published in 1751. . First Thus with these Illustrations. Pictorial Cover. Fine/Wear to jacket in Mylar. Illus. by G. F. Nicholls. Large 8vo: (10 1/4" x 8").