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[GRAY Rev James] 1770?-1830
Cona; or The Vale of Clwyd And other poems
Paternoster Row, London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1814 VG, 1st ed, 1814. In mid 20c half calf with marbled boards, corners and edges bumped and worn. Spine, decorative gilt tooling and titles, edges bumped and worn lightly. Internally, half title, [6], [3], 4-215 pp, watermarked 1814, marbled endpapers, bookplate to fpd (Brad & Anne Gray - author related?), binders stamp to verso fep (Blackwell), title page with paper repair at head probably to remove ink signature, some remains. The Cona is in 4 parts then there are 10 miscellaneous poems, plus 3 minouscamina, printed by James Ballantyne and Co, Edinburgh. A rare item, WorldCat shows copies in 2 UK institutions only. (MBP 492) Gray's romance in four cantos takes as its backdrop the defeat of a Welsh army by a Roman legion. Though set in Wales and Ireland, Cona is a very Scottish poem, as sweet as Beattie's The Minstrel but with Scott's descriptive specificity and something of James Macpherson's melancholy. (English Poetry 1579-1830) Gray, schoolmaster, Church of England clergyman, and writer. See ODNB.
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