This is the 1786 Folio (15″ x 9.75″) printing, by Andrew Foulis, the founder of the Academy of Art in Glasgow, of The Poetical Works of Dr. Thomas Parnell, Late Archdeacon of Clogher (388 numbered pages, plus 4 subscriber pages), part of the British Poets series, and a comprehensive overview of the works of this “Graveyard Poet,” a contemporary and friend of Pope, Swift and Gay.
The cover, contemporary half leather with marbled boards, has a cat-scratched spine, moderate edge wear, and surface scuffs at the sides of the spine. There are scuffs and surface scratches to the marbled boards, which are unfaded and clean overall. The spine is straight. The gilt lettering, in black- and red-backed labels, is unfaded but scratched. The attachment to the inside is secure.
The body text begins with a six-page biography of Parnell. There is no attribution, but Goldsmith did write a biography. This may have been excerpted from that.
The pages are in good condition. There is light foxing to the end pages, slight sunning to many borders, and a few pages that are notably sunned, but there is almost no foxing throughout the body of the book, and there are no other stains.
There are no stamps or notations. The binding is tight, with no loose or missing pages. There are no page tears or notable creases. All the text is unfaded and clean.
The book concludes with the four-page subscribers’ list, a who’s who of many of the most influential people of that time.
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