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Library Edition of the British Poets

The Library Edition of the British Poets was the title given to a 48-volume edition of the works of British poets, published between 1853 and 1860 by James Nichol of Edinburgh, edited, with lives of the authors, critical dissertations and explanatory notes, by the Rev. George Gilfillan. All the poets included were dead by the date of publication, and nearly all were born before 1770. The English Romantic poets were thus omitted from the collection.

Publication took place in issues of six volumes, each issue costing one guinea by subscription, as follows.

  • 1853-1854

Milton's Poetical Works (2 volumes)
Thomson's Poetical Works
The Poetical Works of George Herbert
Young's Night Thoughts
The Poetical Works of Goldsmith, Collins, and T. Warton

  • 1854

The Poetical Works of William Cowper (2 volumes)
The Poetical Works of Samuel Butler (2 volumes)
The Poetical Works of William Shenstone
The Poetical Works of Beattie, Blair, and Falconer

  • 1855

The Poetical Works of John Dryden (2 volumes)
The Poetical Works of William Lisle Bowles (2 volumes)
The Poetical Works of Charles Churchill
The Poetical Works of Johnson, Parnell, Gray, and Smollett

  • 1856

The Poetical Works of Robert Burns (2 volumes)
The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope (2 volumes)
The Poetical Works of Henry Kirke White and James Grahame
The Poetical Works of William Shakspeare and the Earl of Surrey

  • 1857

The Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott (3 volumes)
The Poetical Works of Mark Akenside
The Poetical Works of Edmund Waller and Sir John Denham
The Poetical Works of Richard Crashaw and Quarles' Emblems

  • 1858

Reliques of Ancient English Poetry by Thomas Percy (3 volumes)
The Poetical Works of Matthew Prior
The Poetical Works of Sir Thomas Wyatt
The Poetical Works of Armstrong, Dyer, and Green

  • 1859

The Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser (5 volumes)
''The Poetical Works of Joseph Addison; Gay's Fables; Somerville's Chase

  • 1860

Specimens with Memoirs of the Less-known British Poets (3 volumes)
The Canterbury Tales of Chaucer, by Thomas Tyrwhitt (3 volumes)

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