Item #124608 Rural Tales, Ballads and Songs. Robert Bloomfield.
Rural Tales, Ballads and Songs.
Rural Tales, Ballads and Songs.

Rural Tales, Ballads and Songs.

1805. London: Printed for Vernor and Hood, Poultry; and Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, Paternoster-Row, 1805.

Small 8vo, vi, [3], viii-ix, [1], 119, [1] pp. Engraved portrait frontispiece and 11 wood engraved plates. Bound by Stikeman in three quarter green morocco over marbled boards, backstrip gilt with red and burgundy labels. Binding a little rubbed, some browning and spotting, especially to the final few pages; very good with the bookplate of Joseph Harrison Brazier.

§ Fourth edition. The second book of the self-educated Suffolk poet Robert Bloomfield (1766-1823). His first work, a narrative poem called The Farmer's Boy (1800), was a literary sensation, translated into several languages and praised by Robert Southey the future poet laureate. This book collects several shorter poems inspired by rural life. The charming wood engravings have traditionally been attributed to Thomas Bewick although Nigel Tattersfield is clear this is incorrect. (Tattersfield 2:933). Item #124608

Price: $125.00

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