Elegant Extracts: or, useful and Entertaining Pieces of Poetry,

[Knox (Vicesimus, editor)]

Elegant Extracts: or, useful and Entertaining Pieces of Poetry,

Selected for the Improvement of Youth, in Speaking, Reading, Thinking, Composing; and the Conduct of Life; being similar in Design to Elegant Extracts in Prose. The Second Edition.

Description: Four parts in two vols., 2 engraved title-pages, each with a vignette, the second without imprint, printed in double columns, little foxing here and there, pp. iv, [iv], 464; 464, [with:] Elegant Extracts: or useful and entertaining Passages in Prose ... A New Edition. Dilly, [1789?], engraved title-page, pp. xvi, [viii], 856, [and:] Elegant Epistles. Dilly, 1790, half-title discarded, pp. [iii]-xii, [12], 798, [2, ads], royal 8vo, contemporary tree calf, gilt roll tooled Greek key borders on sides, spines gilt in compartments, red lettering piece and small circular black numbering pieces (on Poetry), slightly worn, head and tail caps of Prose particularly, ownership inscriptions of Thomas Hewett to blank endpapers, good

Publication Details: Printed for Charles Dilly, 1790

Notes: Knox was a controversial figure (though a fine headmaster) thanks to his espousal of women's rights, and his pacifism. His Extracts, here complete, were popular, yet early editons are rare, and the poetry less common than the prose. The first engraved title-page in the Poetry state both 'Second edition' and 'The 3rd edit., enlarged'. The 'Elegant Epistles' is described in ESTC as the 'Large paper issue' but there is no entry for a corresponding regular issue, and although this copy matches the height given there it is uniform with the other volumes and has normal margins....more

Bibliography: (ESTC T202397, Queen's Oxford only in UK; T153926, BL only in UK; N7305)

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Price: £800

Subject: Literature

Published Date: 1790

Stock Number: 48966

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