(London: John Hunt and Carew Reynell, 1807). 153 x 98 mm. (6 x 3 3/4"). Five volumes.

EXTREMELY PRETTY 19TH CENTURY BLUE-GREEN STRAIGHT-GRAIN MOROCCO, covers with a beaded gilt and blind fleuron border, wide raised bands with, and flanked by, plain and stippled gilt rules, compartments with complex horizontal gilt decoration, all edges gilt. A vignette on each title page, plus 15 engraved plates. A touch of fading to the spines, but the bindings otherwise in very fine condition, with virtually no signs of wear. Occasional minor browning or spotting, but generally fresh and very clean internally.

A voluminous writer, Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) was a lesser Romantic poet surrounded by a circle of illustrious friends, among them Shelley and Keats, whom he introduced to each other. He operated a number of radical newspapers and became a martyr in the eyes of young liberals when he was imprisoned for attacks on the Prince Regent. At the same time, Dickens in "Bleak House" caricatured Hunt as a selfish, sentimental aesthete in the portrayal of the character Harold Skimpole. In any case, Hunt was a notable essayist and critic, and his abilities as such are clearly seen in the present handsomely bound collection of accounts relating to Johnson, Goldsmith, Voltaire, Sterne, Marmontel, Henry Mackenzie, John Hawkesworth, and Henry Brooke. The text here comprises excerpts from the fiction of these literary figures, each prefaced by Hunt's essay of literary criticism relating to the writer.

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PJP Catalog: Sets1.030


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