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[Thomas Chatterton]
Poems, Supposed to Have Been Written at Bristol, By Thomas Rowley and Others in the Fifteenth Century; The Greatest Part Now First Published from the Most Authentic Copies, with and Engraved Specimen from One of the Mss. To Which are Added a Preface, An Introductory Account of the Several Pieces, and a Glossary.
T Payne, 1777. Condition: Good. With a page of publisher's advertisements. The second edition. Published the same year as the first edition. A scarce edition. Collated complete. Thomas Chatterton was an English poet who tragically killed himself at just seventeen. His work was extremely advanced in style, to such an extent that he was able to pass off his work as that of an imaginary fifteen century poet named Thomas Rowley. Chatterton claimed that he had discovered the works at St Mary Redcliffe in Bristol, close to where he grew up. 'Poems Supposed To Have Been Written At Bristol' was published posthumously, after editing by Chaucerian scholar Thomas Trywhitt who believed the works to be genuine. The works caused much controversy with much scholarly debate surrounding their authenticity. It took almost thirty years and much scholarly analysis before it was in fact confirmed the works were solely created by Chatterton. The work is an early example of a controversial and fascinating piece of eighteenth century literary debate. CONDITION Rebacked with speckled calf boards. Externally smart with slight rubbing to the extremities and boards. Marks to the boards. Hinges have been professionally reinforced. Ink inscription dated 1831 to front free endpaper and another dated 1963 to front pastedown. Slight offsetting to endpapers. Internally firmly bound. Pages generally bright and clean with the odd spot and marginal age toning. Slight chipping to front free endpaper. Overall Condition: Near Fine Please note that due to different condition ratings used by eBay Australia, the con … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: The Mad Librarian [Bath, GB]

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