The History of English Poetry from the Close of the Eleventh to the Commencement of the Eighteenth Century
London: Printed for Thomas Tegg, 1824. Hardcover. Very good. Item #22064 .
This is the second edition of Warton, considerably enlarged and annotated by Richard Price. 4 volumes, 8vo. Contemporary hald red leather, spines in six compartments, gilt titles, marbled sides and endpapers in a stone pattern. Top edges gilt. The leather is rubbed, worn at the edges and corners, and unevenly sunned, but still very good textblocks in a good and pleasant binding. Frontispiece engraving of Warton is present, offset to the title page of Volume I.
An academically noteworthy edition of Warton's worn, because the editor, Richard Price, makes the first mention of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight then recently discovered in the Cotton Nero manuscript. IN addition, this edition contains a significant number of Arthurian Romances, also discussed by Price in his substantial Preface, his three Dissertations, and in his copious Notes. AS tantalizing as rthe mention of Gawain and the Green Knight is, Green was not able to manage publication of the entire poem before his death, and it was not published until 1839 by Madden.