The Poetical Works of George Crabbe: With his Letters and Journals, and his Life, by his Son.
London: John Murray, 1838. 8 volume set, 6.5 inches tall. A charming set in early Victorian full calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and delicate gilt tooling to the panels. Some rubbing, scuffing and marking to the boards but generally an excellent clean set. With engraved portrait and views, mostly of the Suffolk coast, especially Aldeburgh, where he was born and lived. Crabbe was described by Lord Byron as "nature's sternest painter, yet the best." His poem 'The Borough' formed the basis for Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes.