Place and Imprint: London: Printed for Taylor and Hessey, 1818.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Keynes 33; NCBEL III, 1232.
Condition: Edges rubbed; some light foxing and smudges; binder's blank before the half-title becoming detached; very good copy.
Book ID: 28780
Physical Description8vo, 19th century red straight-grain half calf, marbled paper boards and endpapers, gilt decorated and lettered spine. With half-title, but without the four pages of publisher's terminal advertisements.
CommentsThe first collection of William Hazlitt's famous lectures on English writers and literature, delivered at the Surrey Institution in 1818-1819. This one begins with a lecture "On Poetry in General," and proceeds through Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, Dryden, Pope, Thomson, Cowper, Swift, Young, Gray, Collins, et al., and concludes with a lecture "On the Living Poets": Barbauld, Baillie, Hannah More, Rogers, Campbell, Byron, Moore, Scott, Southey, with the most remarks devoted to Wordsworth and Coleridge.