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The poet Thomas Gray’s copy with a 13 line note in his hand on the back of the first map listing topographical writers on Great Britain. Further notes are in another eighteenth century hand and were almost certainly transcribed from Gray’s notes by someone in his employ. Gray is said to have annotated his copy of ‘Kitchin’s English Atlas’ in the same manner, but no such volume appeared in the sale catalogue of the library. In 1766 Gray had just accomplished two journey’s to Scotland in both 1764 and 1765. Provenance: lot 785 in the first sale of Gray’s library 27 November 1845; lot 43 in the sale of 28 August 1851 which contained material acquired by Granville Penn of Stoke Pogis at the Gray sale; Sotheby’s 2 December 1920 lot 200 property of E. A. V. Stanley, Quantock Lodge, Bridgewater, this copy?; Sotheby’s 26 June 1972 lot 329 to Brian King; acquired for the Burden collection in 1978. ‘Sale Catalogues of Libraries of Eminent Persons: Poets and Men of Letters’ 1971 vol. II, pp. 19 & 39; W. Powell Jones ‘Thomas Gray’s Library’ in ‘Modern Philology’ vol. 35, 1938, p. 265; Hodson no. 242.
ELLIS, Joseph

Ellis's English Atlas ... Fifty Four Maps

Robert Sayer and Carrington Bowles, London, 1766
THE POET THOMAS GRAY’S COPY WITH NOTATIONS. Oblong quarto, full calf, gilt panelled sides, rebacked. Contained in a fine half morocco case. With 52 maps (of 54, lacks half of first map of England and Wales and the whole of Map of the Rivers of England). Title and first map re-margined, otherwise a fine example. Bookplate of Henry Labouchere. With two bookdealers catalogue descriptions.
Stock number: 2286


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