Poetry and Poets (1826)
Poetry and Poets (1826)
by Richard Ryan
Full Title: Poetry and Poets: Being a Collection of the Choicest Anecdotes Relative to the Poets of Every Age and Nation. Together with the Specimens of Their Works and Sketches of Their Biography.
6 ¾ x 4 ½. In English. Printed for Sherwood, Gilbert & Piper, Paternoster Row, London, 1826. FIRST EDITION. Three Volumes. Complete. Appealing early-19th century green full morocco with triple gilt borders and truly rich turn ins. Covers show shelf wear, to include a few scratches and nicks. Corners either sharp or lightly bumped. Raised bands flanked by double rules and very elaborate gilt in compartments, with burgundy morocco title labels. Beautiful marble pastedowns. Endpapers free from pencil marks, inscriptions or other marks. Endpapers, title page and text remarkably free from foxing, save for a few isolated spots. Boards a little chafed, minor wear to joints and extremities, but still a handsomely bound set in excellent condition, the volumes showing no serious wear, and the text quite smooth and clean.
Richard Ryan (1797 – 1849) was a British writer of Irish descent. He was the son of an Oxford Street, London bookseller and publisher. Many London booksellers in the early nineteenth century were book publishers. Richard's father had published extensive catalogs and books over the years and he must have assisted his father in the publication of these once he was old enough. Ryan produced the first Irish biographical dictionary “Biographia Hibernica, a Biographical Dictionary of the Worthies of Ireland, from the Earliest Periods to the Present Time” in 1819 and 1821. He was also a poet, writing for newspapers and publishing books on poetry, a biographer of poets and playwrights, an editor, a lyricist for popular music and a playwright of several plays in the West End of London. Following the success of his first literary effort, Ryan focused on publishing several books of poems and creating biographical dictionaries of his passions: “Dramatic Table Talk” about the theatre, followed by “Poetry and Poets.” The latter is widely reproduced and this (and presumed only) edition is very hard to find. Distinctly RARE.
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