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Gray, Thomas; Agnes Miller Parker, illus.  Elegy written in a country church-yard. London: Printed for Members of the Limited Editions Club at The Raven Press, 1938. 4to (25.7 cm, 10.125"). xv, 72, [2] pp; illus.

Written between 1746 and 1750 and anonymously published in 1751, Gray's highly esteemed elegy (responsible for adding phrases such as "kindred spirit" and "far from the madding crowd" to the English lexicon) was initially circulated throughout London's literary society by his friend Horace Walpole. It wasn't until 1768 that an edition with the poet's name attached was printed and the text here follows that latter edition; Hugh Walpole, a relative of Horace Walpole, provides the introduction.
        Agnes Miller Parker (1895–1980), British engraver and illustrator, produced one of her most acclaimed suites of work for this edition, being => 32 magnificently intricate full-page wood engravings sketched in the same country churchyard that inspired the elegy. This is no. 618 of 1500 copies printed for the Club and Parker's signature appears on the limitation page.

Bibliography of the Fine Books Published by the Limited Editions Club, 106. Publisher's dark green buckram with silver lettering to spine and decoration in relief and silver on front board, without slipcase; spine and edges of rear board sunned, corners bumped. Pages with fore- and bottom edges untrimmed; intermittent light staining and finger smudges, these latter (and the sunning) reducing the price of what is still a very pleasing book.  (37981)   Please RESHELVE This.

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