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49 William Collins 1721-1759
The Poetical Works
Glasgow, Robert and Andrew Foulis, 1771
On May 27, 1775, Samuel Johnson wrote to James Boswell, "There are two little books published by Foulis, Telemachus and Collins's poems, each a shilling: I would be glad to have them." This copy of Collins's Works, which contains James Hammond's Elegies, is inscribed, "To Samuel Johnson LLD from his most affectionate and grateful friend James Boswell." George Daniel, author, antiquary, book collector and one of the former owners of the book, states, "The red ink notes & red ink markings are Johnson's and were made for his life of Hammond. The three stanzas which he has marked at page 94 he has quoted and condemned in Hammond's life." Of these stanzas, the seventh through ninth, of the ninth elegy, Johnson wrote, "no blame can fall upon a nymph who rejected a swain of so little meaning." Dr. Johnson has marked numerous passages throughout the volume and has made several comments and notations on the front pastedown.
Bequest of Stephen Whitney Phoenix

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