Place and Imprint: Cambridge: Printed by J. Smith, 1819,
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: NCBEL III, 1463.
Condition: Fine copy.
Book ID: 27699

Physical Description

8vo, original plain blue wrappers, [16] pages, a.e.g.


¶ Macaulay’s first book, a 13-page poem of 280 stanzas on the popular classical subject, Pompeii and its famous destruction. Like many first books by noted English authors, Pompeii was a prize poem, which Macaulay delivered it at the Cambridge commencement July, 1819. When copies of Pompeii were bound, the handsome engraved title-page was often discarded (it does not lend itself to being trimmed), and thus in many bound copies the text begins with the half title. This copy also has the unusual distinction of having all the edges gilt, including the edges of the wrappers, which is perhaps the case on all copies in the wrappers?

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