The Complaint: or, Night=Thoughts on Life, Death, & Immortality. Night the First (- Nine (The Consolation)). 9 Parts. (All).

London, R. Dodsley, 1742-44 (Night 1-6), G.Hawkins, 1744-45 (Night 7-9). 4to. Contemp. Full calf. Rebacked. Titlelabel with gilt lettering. Wear to covers and edges. Corners bumped. Engraved frontispiece. First title-page with some soiling and browning. Some parts with light browning and offsettings, a few scattered brownspots. Part 2 & 3 seems to lack the Prefaces (the text begins on p. 5). No halftitles.

First edition of part 2-9, as part 1 is "The Second Edition", being the first in 4to (first published in folio). The text has 4 corrections which is nearly without doubt in the author's own hand (ink). The conclusion is confirmed by a note laid in from an antiquarian bookseller Elkin Mathews Ltd. (dated 2nd, february, 1948), which reads "The corrections are four in number and are certainly such as would be made only by the author. On page 129, the second word in the fourth line is heavely blocked out in ink and the word 'thoughts' is written in its place; on page 144, the third word in the line three from the bottom is similarly blocked out and the name 'Holles' is written in. The other corrections are of less interest and importence but are also undoubtly author's corrections." (Signed PHM/DC - Percy ?).
The above stement is backed up, reaching the same result, by the well-known book-collector Bent Juul-Jensen, New College Oxford, referring to the handwriting in the Young MSS.
After part 9 is bound ROBERT BLAIR: The Grave. A Poem. London, M. Cooper, 1743. First edition.

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DKK 12.500,00