Publisher: London: Printed for G. Kearsley, 1789.
Edition: First separate edition.
Bibliographical References: Warren, page 77; NCBEL II, 607; Bibliotheca Fictiva 445.
Condition: Edges rubbed; very good copy.
Book ID: 27125
Description8vo, 19th century black smooth calf, gilt rules, decorations and lettering. Frontispiece of a Chatterton manuscript facsimile.
CommentsThe first formal biography of Thomas Chatterton, the “Marvellous Boy” English poet and forger-author of mock-ancient poetry who died supposedly by suicide just before his eighteenth birthday. Gregory's Life is composed in a dispassionate and unsentimental style and is generally held in high regard by subsequent Chatterton biographers and scholars, but like all the early accounts of Chatterton, its primary source was Herbert Croft’s scandalous novel Love and Madness, which contained in one section the Chatterton story. Gregory (1754-1808), clergyman, editor and miscellaneous writer, was initially engaged to write his biography as a contribution to Andrew Kippis’ Biographia Britannica, where it first appeared (pages 573-619), but strong interest in the subject justified this separate edition.