London: Printed for J. Johnson, No. 72, St. Paul's Church Yard, 1782 & 1785.
First editions, with rare half-title to The Task: Poems, Vol. II. [iv], 367, [1, errata]; [vi], 359,  pp. 2 vols. 8vo (19 x 12 cm.). Zaehnsdorf Exhibition Binding. Bound in quite simple full dark green morocco, spines gilt, all edges gilt, orange silk doublures, by Zaehnsdorf and dated 1886, with their exhibition blindstamp on the back pastedown, laid in a full green morocco pull-off case, spine of case sunned. Very fine. Provenance: Bookplate of E. Hubert Litchfield. Rothschild Library 681. Item #226028
Cowper's Poems was his first collection of verse and includes such well-known works as "Table Talk," "Boadicea: an Ode," "Truth," "Hope," "Charity," and "Retirement." The Task was published three years after the first volume of Cowper’s Poems.
Errata on final page in vol. I, E6 and I6 in vol. I cancels as usual, without the Preface by John Newton found in a few copies, last page of vol. II with advertisement for the first volume of Cowper's Poems.
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