[ Printed item in publisher's cloth. ] The Poetical Works of the Rev. George Croly, A.M. H.R.S.L.

Rev. George Croly [ (1780-1860), Irish poet; Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, London booksellers ]
Publication details: 
Two volumes. London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street. 1830. [ Printed in London by G. Woodfall, Angel Court, Skinner Street. ]
SKU: 18891

Two 8vo volumes: xviii + 352; iv + xvi + 341 + [1] + [2]. Twenty engravings on classical themes in the first volume, accompanying a set of poems titled 'Gems from the Antique'. A good tight set on lightly-aged paper, the first volume unopened. In blind-tooled red cloth binding, lightly-worn and somewhat grubby, but with gilt title on spine bright. Initial 'Advertisement' reads: 'The Poems in these volumes were written chiefly in the period between 1816 and 1823. The former part of the poem of "Paris in 1815" was written immediately after a visit to that capital, while it was in possession of the Allies; the latter part at some interval. The remaining poems were occasional, and written as other and more important pursuits allowed. | They are now collected, for the first time. | London, 1830.' According to Croly's entry in the Oxford DNB, the first poem in the collection, 'Paris in 1815' (1817, 1821), 'like his later verse tales, appropriates the Byronic manner for a tory argument, thus unifying (according to John Wilson Croker's review) the ‘splendid in imagination’ with ‘what is right in politics’ (Croker, 229). The poem earned Croly a lampoon in Don Juan but also an influential position in the Royal Society of Literature.' Uncommon.