Reliques of Ancient English Poetry: Consisting of Old Heroic Ballads, Songs, and other Pieces of our earlier Poets, (Chiefly of the Lyric kind.) Together with some few of later Date.
London: J. Dodsley, 1765. 3 volume set, 6 1/2 inches tall. A splendid late Victorian full crushed morocco by Webb & Hunt with gilt raised bands and extra gilt panels. Twin gilt fillets frame the boards. Armorial bookplate. A very neat set of the first edition of this most famous collection of ballads and popular songs. When published it captured the public's imagination, influencing such poets as Coleridge, Wordsworth and Walter Scott.