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3 Vols. of the Poems of William Cowper

3 Vols. of the Poems of William Cowper


Three Volumes of the works of William Cowper (1731-1800). Cowper, William (of the Inner Temple Esq.). Philadelphia: Published by Thomas Desilver; 1818.  Clark and Razer Printers.  Featuring "The Task", "Table Talk and Other Poems" and "The Minor Poems of William Cowper". Full calf bindings with original marbled end papers.  Fair condition, with ware to joints and spine. Hinges are fragile, but in general an attractive small set to have on a shelf. 12 mo.

William Cowper of the Inner Temple Esq. was an English poet and hymnodist. One of the most popular poets of his time, Cowper changed the direction of 18th century nature poetry by writing of everyday life and scenes of the English countryside. In many ways, he was one of the forerunners of Romantic poetry. Samuel Taylor Coleridge called him "the best modern poet", whilst William Wordsworth particularly admired his poem Yardley-Oak.[2] He was a nephew of the poet Judith Madan. Well-know for his poem,  "The Negro's Complaint" (1788), which was quoted on more than one occasion by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. He was known to be close friend with John Newton, who wrote the hymn, "Amazing Grace". This rare set is inscribed by a relative of the author, James Cowper. 
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