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Lot 1262: 3V William Cowper TABLE TALK AND OTHER POEMS / THE TASK / MINOR POEMS 1818 Antique English Poetry Philadelphia Imprint Uniformly Bound Leather Bindings Engraved Vignettes
by National Book Auctions
October 22, 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: Table Talk and Other Poems / The Task / Minor Poems
Author: William Cowper - William Cowper was an English poet and hymnodist. One of the most popular poets of his time, Cowper changed the direction of 18th century nature poetry by writing of everyday life and scenes of the English countryside. In many ways, he was one of the forerunners of Romantic poetry. Samuel Taylor Coleridge called him "the best modern poet", whilst William Wordsworth particularly admired his poem Yardley-Oak. He was a nephew of the poet Judith Madan.
While Cowper found refuge in a fervent evangelical Christianity, the inspiration behind his much-loved hymns, he often experienced doubt and feared that he was doomed to eternal damnation. His religious sentiment and association with John Newton (who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace") led to much of the poetry for which he is best remembered. His poem "Light Shining out of Darkness" gave the English language the idiom "God moves in a mysterious way / His wonders to perform."
Publisher: Published by Thomas Desilver
Binding Style: Hardcover
Width: 3.75" Height: 6"
Book Details: Cowper changed the direction of 18th-century nature poetry by writing of everyday life and scenes of the English countryside.
Condition / Notes: This antique set is bound in full leather with stamped gilt ornamentation and lettering on the spine and covers. There is light external rubbing and wear, with front hinges loose or cracked. The text blocks are solid. The volumes have marbled endpapers and edges. Each volume contains an additional title page with an engraved vignette. The pages show mild age toning and scattered light to moderate foxing.
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