Two volumes of antiquarian (1825) first-edition poetry books. Volumes 1 and 2 of Wilson's Poems by Professor John Wilson of the University of Edinburgh. Published by William Blackwood, Great Britain.
Volume 1 is 376 pages. Volume 2 is 391 pages. NO! dust jackets.
About the author: John Wilson, also known as John Wilson of Elleray, was a writer, academic, literary critic and advocate who penned works, in the later years of his life, under the pseudonym Christopher North. The son of a wealthy manufacturer in the Paisley region of Renfrewshire, Wilson came from a family of ten children. After study at Glasgow University, he took his M.A. from Magdalen College, Oxford (1810). Wilson worked as an attorney in Edinburgh before joining the editorial staff of Blackwood's Magazine in 1817, where he became, with John Gibson Lockhart, one of the leading Tory journalists of the age. With support from Sir Walter Scott, Robert Southey, Reginald Heber, and others, he was elected professor of moral philosophy at Edinburgh University (1820-51). Wilson was very good friends with William Wordsworth near the end of Wordsorth's life and the two often exchanged letters critiquing each other's works. ohn Wilson died on the 3rd April 1854 at his home in Gloucester Place, Edinburgh. He was 68 years old. Wilson was held in such high esteem in Edinburgh, that a statue was erected in his memory in a prominent position in Princes Street Gardens.
About the books: A 2-volume compilation of Wilson's poems published for the first time together by Blackwood in 1825. Contains all of Wilson's poems including The City of the Plague, The Isle of Palms, Scholar's Funeral, The Convict and others.
Condition: Books are in EXCELLENT! antique condition. Books have a strong, sturdy spine and bind with NO! pages separating from it. Covers show MODERATE! wear and rub to the corners and edges and spots of discoloration to the cloth boards. Internal pages, printed on a very high-quality stock, show MINIMAL! foxing for their age, but there are a few spots of water damage to the corners. All text is clear and legible. Book has NO! ripped or torn pages in the book, there are a few dog-eared corners.
Books contains NO illustrations. Very rare set - great addition to the home library.
Approximate measurements: 8-1/2" x 5-1/4" | Complete | NO dust jackets.
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