THE MINSTREL; OR, THE PROGRESS OF GENIUS. WITH SOME OTHER POEMS.

(London: Printed for J. Mawman, 1801). 170 x 102 mm. (6 1/2 x 4"). 4 p.l., 120 pp.

Contemporary red straight-grain morocco, covers with gilt-ruled border, flat spine divided into panels by single gilt rule, gilt titling, turn-ins with decorative bead roll, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. WITH A PLEASING FORE-EDGE PAINTING OF THE HARBOR AND SEASIDE TOWN OF WHITBY. With four engravings depicting scenes from "The Minstrel." Front pastedown with engraved bookplate of John Ashley Warre. Spine slightly and uniformly sunned to a darker red, joints and extremities a bit rubbed (though well masked with dye), paper faintly toned, light offsetting, occasional spotting or staining, but still quite a decent copy, the binding solid and lustrous, the text smooth and fresh, and the painting very well preserved.

The very pleasing fore-edge painting here has depth and movement, from the fisherman on shore in the foreground to the cresting waves in the harbor and the ships bobbing in the distance. The ruins of the great abbey tower over the scene, and the lighthouse stands tall at the edge of the shore. The precipitous cliffs, rolling hills, and curving shoreline provide an undulant frame for the choppy sea. A Scottish poet and professor of moral philosophy, Beattie (1735-1803) is best remembered for the title poem here, an unfinished work in Spenserian stanzas that was first printed in 1771-74. As perhaps the first work in English that might properly be entitled "The Growth of a Poet's Mind," his "Minstrel" anticipates Wordsworth's "Prelude," and its emphasis on the great benefits of solitude represents an early manifestation of one of the key notions of Romanticism. Former owner John Ashley Warre (1787-1860) was a scion of the famous port-trading family and a long-serving member of Parliament for the Liberal Party.
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THE MINSTREL; OR, THE PROGRESS OF GENIUS. WITH SOME OTHER POEMS. FORE-EDGE PAINTING, JAMES BEATTIE.
THE MINSTREL; OR, THE PROGRESS OF GENIUS. WITH SOME OTHER POEMS.

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