Gems, Principally from the Antique,"Here from the mould to conscious being start Those finer forms, the miracles of art; Here chosen Gems, imprest on sulphur, shine, That slept for ages in a second mine."--- Rogers.
London: Printed for Hurst, Robinson, and Co.; and Archibald Constable and Co. Edinburgh. 1822.
A fine 8vo (171 x 114mm. 6¾ x 4½".), with original marble boards and calf spine, gilt lettering on spine. Covers slightly rubbed and scuffed.
George Croly's poems are written to accompany engravings by Richard Dagley of cameo gems - the gems being selected as appropriate topics for verses. This manner of versifying an object derives, appropriately enough, from the epigrams in the Greek Anthology. The artist, Richard Dagley (d. 1841), had worked with Croly at the Literary Gazette.
Ex Libris: Philip E.H. Samuel.
[Ref: 22110] £240.00