Poems … The Borough … Tales … Tales of the Hall.
London: J. Hatchard & John Murray, 1808; 1810; 1812; 1819.
First edition of all but Poems (third edition). xxviii, 258, [2, ads]; [ii]-xli, [iii], 344; xxii, [ii], 398, [2, ads]; [ii]-xxiv, 326; [ii]-viii, 353, , [2, ads] pp., lacking half titles to Borough and Tales of the Hall. 5 vols. 8vo. Uniformly bound in contemporary green straight-grained morocco, gilt fillet and Greek key borders, gilt cornerpieces, a.e.g., by C. & J. White, Doncaster (ticket in vols. IV & V). Some foxing and toning Hayward 196 (for The Borough). Provenance: Cecil Copley (signature); Sir Joseph Copley (bookplate); Mount Saint Agnes College Library (bookplate). Item #307923
A finely-bound set of first and early editions of the major later poetical works of George Crabbe (1754-1832). Includes a first edition of The Borough, tales of village life told in a series of letters in heroic couplets. Letter XXII recounts the tale of the child-murderer Peter Grimes and was the source of the libretto for Benjamin Britten's opera of the same name.
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