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Lewis, Matthew Gregory
TALES OF WONDER
London: Printed by W. Bulmer and Co. Cleveland-Row, for the Author ...,. 1801. original drab boards with cloth shelf backs, leather labels on spine panels, all edges untrimmed.. Private owner's bookplates affixed to front paste-downs. Both volumes. have been professionally rebacked with original cloth spines. preserved (both with slight loss at head and tail), boards are worn. at extremities, especially corners, occasional light foxing to text. block; nevertheless, still a very attractive copy. Uncommon in. original boards. (#30156). First edition, large paper issue. "The first known published and single most important horror verse anthology in English. Volume one contains 32 poems by Matthew Lewis, Walter Scott, John Leyden, and others. Volume two contains 28 standard poems by Ben Johnson, Dryden, Burns, Glover, Mallet, Ransay, Dr. Harrington, and Gray. TALES OF WONDER was a decisive, if not always admitted, influence on the Romantics and is the seminal horror poetry volume in English. In its day the lavish, high-priced set was jeered at as 'Tales of Plunder' -- alluding also to the sometimes careless 'translations' in volume one and the padding with commonplace ballads in volume two. Yet the very venom of the attacks -- and of the scathing parodies -- plus the many reprints and new editions, suggest that TALES OF WONDER was a vital, popular collection." - Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 6- 32. "Although poetry may be the genre for which Lewis is now least remembered, he was a poet of some prominence in his day, eminent in the cult of the ballad and said to have influenced Sc … [Click Below for Full Description]
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