File Name Mason1775_2
Call Number PR 3500 A1 1775
Title The Poems of Mr. Gray. To which Are Prefixed Memoirs of His Life and Writings by W. Mason, M. A. The Second Edition.
Short Title The Poems of Mr. Gray
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Title Page Quotation "Est adhuc hominibus et cura et officium: Sunt qui defunctorum quoque amicos agant." Plinii Epist.
Imprint London: Printed by H. Hughs; and Sold by J. Dodsley, Pall-Mall; and J. Todd, Stonegate, York. 1775.
Edition 2
Publication Date 1775
Volumes 1
Pages 525
Copies 1
SFU Catalogue Original Bibliography 416, 109, [1] p. : front.; 22 x 28 cm. Calf.
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Bibliographic Notes Pages 185-188 have been misplaced after page 192 (original biblio). The poems are paginated differently than the memoirs (there are 110 pages of the poems). The title on the spine is Gray's Poems. The binding and cover show wear and damage, and seem to be stained. The inside front and back covers have been repaired with tape, and have been written on. There is a note glued in at back that says this book has been restored in 1969 by a "Hermit-Priest" in Courtenay, BC.
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Gray’s tour of the Lake District is described in letters to his friend Thomas Wharton, who was supposed to accompany him but had to turn back due to asthmatic attacks (350). Visitors to the lakes already had many travel guides to choose from, but Mason insists that Gray’s “elegant simplicity of narrative” will greatly enhance their experience (351). He notes Gray’s prodigious knowledge of antiquities, Gothic architecture, and natural history. Although ostensibly writing for Wharton, Gray claims that the accuracy of his account will help other tourists recreate his experience for themselves (356). During this “proto-Picturesque tour” (Gregory and Cooper 89), Gray carries a Plano-convex Mirror, or a Claude glass. Named after the landscape painter Claude Lorrain, these handheld mirrors were often carried by tourists in order to frame the landscape, as in a painting. Travelling primarily by foot from the 30 September 1769 to the 13 October 1769, Gray visits Penrith, Ullswater, Helvellyn, Keswick, Skiddaw, Borrowdale, Crosthwaite, Ambleside, Grasmere, Rydal, Kendal, and Furness. The SFU LDC copy is in somewhat worn; it has pages 185–188 misplaced after page 192. The inside front and back covers have been repaired with tape, and a note glued in at back indicates that the book was restored in 1969 by a “Hermit-Priest” in Courtenay, BC.

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