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Bibliotheca Anglo-Poetica: or, a Descriptive…

Bibliotheca Anglo-Poetica: or, a Descriptive Catalogue of a Rare and Rich…

by A.F. Griffiths

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This very useful and extensive catalogue, the result of considerable time and labour was compiled by Mr Acton Frederick Griffith, at that period in the employ of the house of Longman and Company, to whom the interesting and valuable collection of early English poetry described in its pages then belonged. When it is considered that the collection extended to 1,166 volumes, the estimated value of which then amounted to £7,559 15s, averaging at the rate of nearly £ 61 10 per volume the great rarity and intrinsic value of this extensive series of our early poetry will be duly appreciated. And although the entire collection was soon afterwards dispersed and became scattered abroad and absorbed in the libraries of Heber, Freeling, Midgley, Broadley, Perry, and other eminent collectors of that period, a very large portion of it being now in the collection here described, yet the utility and value of the Bibliotheca Anglo Poetica cannot be denied, and no library of our poetical literature ought to be without it. As one of the earliest works of its kind, and forming no unimportant addition to our publications on the study of bibliography, in which the poetical treasures of our country were attempted to be described with accuraey and minuteness, although not always with complete correctness, and other interesting biographical and critical information afforded respecting our early poetical writers, it will ever retain its proper value. And although the extracts from the volumes enumerated are very few, and the descriptions are too mnch confined to the dedicatory and introdnctory portions of the works, still, it is highly useful and may be consulted with advantage. The editor was cut off early in life or would perhaps have still further improved it . A limited number of copies only were printed which are now becoming scarce. Source=bookclip'>Collectanea Anglo-poetica, Or, A Bibliographical and Descriptive Catalogue of a Portion of a Collection of Early English Poetry, with Occasional Extracts and Remarks Biographical and Critical By Thomas Corser, James Crossley, Chetham Society.
  JamesBoswell | Feb 19, 2009 |
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