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Mason, W.

The English garden: a poem. In four books. A new edition, corrected. To which are added a commentary and notes, by W.Burgh, Esq., LL.D.

York, printed by A.Ward 1783.

Reference: 11309
Price: £295 [convert currency]

Full Description

8vo. ix + (1) + 243 + (1)pp. Contemporary full mottled calf, worn at outer corners, neatly rebacked. Ink ownership inscription of Jane Murray, Bath, 28 Aug 1784, on title leaf. No subsequent ownership inscription but Sir Howard Colvin’s copy.

The Yorkshire clergyman William Mason, a friend both of Thomas Gray and of Horace Walpole, issued his poem The English Garden in four separately published volumes over a ten-year period ending in 1782. For this collected edition of 1783 Mason’s friend William Burgh, an Anglo-Irish landowner who had come to live in York, supplied a new and extensive explanatory commentary, and since much of the information in it must have been supplied to him by Mason, it is useful background material for an understanding of Mason’s text. Mason’s theme is the beauty, naturalness and simplicity of the English landscaped garden.