1762. 4 pp. 4to. Generally fine (old repairs to address leaves of 1760 letters. Custom red morocco slipcase and chemise. 4 pp. 4to. 'a Concert of Poultry under every window'. Three lively letters from 26 July 1760, August 1760, and 19 July 1762, addressed to Rev. Mr. James Brown, master of Pembroke, giving news of Gray's comings and goings, some gossip and fine turns of phrase. Brown, a friend from Gray's undergraduate days (long past), was a frequent correspondent and one with whom the poet had long ties of friendship. In the letter dated 26 July 1760, Gray notes, "This very night Billy Robinson consummates his good fortune, she has 10,000 £ in her pocket, & a Brother unmarried with at least as much. He is infirm, & the first Convoy, that sails, they all three set out together for Naples to pass a year or two."In the letter dated to August 1760, Gray warns of a visit to Cambridge and writes, "pray let Black make an universal rummage of cobwebs, & massacre all spiders old & young, that live behind window shutters, & books. As to airing, I hear Dick Forester has done it."The letter of 19 July 1762, written from Old Park, in Co. Durham, the residence of another long time Cambridge friend, Thomas Wharton, suggests the pleasures of country life: "there is a Concert of Poultry under every window, we take in no newspaper or magazine, but the cream & butter is beyond compare."A choice group of letters from the poet. Provenance: Arthur Houghton (Inventory #: 302655)
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