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Title: Gratulatio Solennis Universitatis Oxoniensis ob Celsissimum Georgicum Fred. Aug. Walliae Principem Georgio III. et Charlottae Reginae Auspeicatssime Natum.
Description: Oxonii, E Typographeo Clarendoniano 1762. FIRST AND ONLY EDITION. Folio, 367 x 233 mms., pp. [174], contemporary red morocco, two gilt panels on covers within gilt border, spine ornately gilt in compartments to a regal motif, all edges gilt, Dutch end-papers, bookplates of John Peyto Verney, Lord Willoughby de Boke (1738 - 1816) and Robert John Verney Lord Willoughby de Broke (1762 - 1820) on the front paste-down end-paper; front hinge slightly cracked, very slight wear to corners, but generally a fine and attractive copy This collection of poems, mostly in Latin, but including others in English, Greek, Hebrew, and Welsh, was published to celebrate the birth of King George III and Queen Charlotte's son, the future George IV. Henry James Pye (1745 - 1813; poet laureate, 1790 - 1813) published his first poem in this volume, in English, and there are several other, minor versifiers that can be identified, e. g., James Merrick and Professor Joseph Spence, Professor of Poetry at Oxford 1728 - 1738. An intriguing story of Spence's poem, which appears on the recto and verso of H2 is recounted in The London Magazine for 1822, pages 577 - 580, in which it is asserted that Spence's original poem was deemed unsuitable and verses by William Lowth were used instead.

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Price: GBP 2750.00 = appr. US$ 3926.96 Seller: John Price Antiquarian Books
- Book number: 9185

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