Meditations and Contemplations, containing Meditations among the Tombs. Reflections on a Flower-Garden. A Descant upon Creation. Contemplations on the Night. Contemplations on the Starry Heavens. A Winter-piece.

  • Hervey, James
  • Bungay: Printed and published by Brightly and Childs 1816


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8vo, pp. vi, 325, [1] + frontispiece and 3 other plates. Contemporary marbled calf, spine divided by Greek key rolls gilt, second compartment lettered in gilt direct. A few minor spots, slight dampmarking to fore-edge of plates. Binding just a touch rubbed at extremities, spine lightly creased. Pencilled ownership inscription (dated 1917) to flyleaf.


A nice copy of a scarce Bungay printing of the earliest writings of James Hervey (1714-1758), influential on Blake and the entire genre of Gothic literature. Worldcat locates only 3 copies in the UK (Cambridge, St Andrews, NLS), and four outside (UC Berkeley, Wesleyan, Lancaster Theological and Princeton Theological). It reprints a rather more common 1807 Bungay edition.

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