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LIBRARY EDITION OF THE BRITISH POETS,
In Demy 8vo, Pica Type, Extra Cloth Boards.
EDITED BY REV. G. GILFILLAN.
Now ready, Vols. 1 & 2. Milton's Poetical Works.
3. Thomson's Poetical Works.
4. Herbert's Poetical Works.
1st Feb. 1854, the Poetical Works of Goldsmith, Collins, and T. Warton. FORMING THE FIRST YEARLY ISSUE TO SUBSCRIBERS OF SIX VOLUMES FOR ONE GUINEA,
Prospectuses containing full details of the Scheme may be obtained from most Booksellers, or from the Publisher, on application. Non-Subscribers can obtain the Volumes separately at 4s. 6d. each.
Subscribers' Names received by all Booksellers for the Yearly Issuo of Six Vols. for £1, Is.
The Publisher has pleasure in submitting the following Extracts from recent Notices which have appeared of the Vols. already issued :
Bell's Weekly Messenger. The want of such an edition of the Poets has long been felt, and therefore it is a matter of congratulation that Mr Gilfillan has been induced to undertake it, in a spirit worthy of the times, and in a manner which thoroughly indicates his fitness for the task he has undertaken; most assuredly the work itself, no less than the price at which it is proposed to be issued, must commend the plan to all lovers of literature, and be made available by every person who desires to form a standard library.
Scotsman. The volume (Thomson's Poetical Works) is printed in the same beautiful style, and got up with the same neatness, as the edition of Milton. The introductory biographical and critical essay by Mr Gilfillan is one of the most simple, sedate, and satisfactory efforts of the kind that we have seen from Mr Gilfillan's pen.
Daily News A new and handsome edition of the Poets, well edited, and published at a cheap rate, satisfies a want that has long been felt. Mr Gilfillan's work of editing appears to be done judiciously, and with a due appreciation of the beauties of the authors. The present edition of the Poets is one of the very best and cheapest that has ever appeared.
Scottish Guardian, In three elegant octavo volumes, containing the poetical works of Milton and Thomson, we have the first instalment of the Library Edition of the British Poets, projected with equal taste and enterprise by Mr Nichol of Edinburgh.
The volumes are printed in Ballantyne's best manner, in a large and legible type ; and to those who, like ourselves, have been hitherto content with Milton and Thomson and Goldsmith squeezed into the double columns of a single volume, this beautiful library edition, with its spacious and inviting page, is a boon for which the respectable publisher is well entitled to thanks.
Dumfries Standard. This is the third volume of Nichol's admirable series of the " Poets and Poetry of Britain,” and is, perhaps without exception, the best edition of Thomson's poetical works that has yet appeared. As each new volume is issued, we feel increasingly indebted to Mr Nichol and the eloquent editor, for their excel lent endeavours to supply, in such a cheap, handsome, and perfect form, a great desideratum.
Keenes' Bath Journal. The accompanying biography, critical dissertation, and explanatory notes by the editor, add to the interest and value of the works so elegantly reproduced. Whoever may be seeking the sterling works that have withstood the criticism of ages, and are now regarded as models of perfection, will not have to search in old book stores for volumes of all shapes and qualities, but simply to order and receive this beautiful library edition ; and then, according to his desires and qualifications, be in intimate association with the brightest geniuses of past ages -of those who will speak to generations yet to come.
Newcastle Journal. It is not easy to imagine how editorial care and typographical art could supply a finer edition of the poetical effusions of the mighty dead. While it is adapted to grace the shelves of the gentry, the noble, or even the prince, it is issued at a price which brings it within the range of the ordinary mechanic, or, we may even add, the day labourer ; while its fine lar type and beautiful typography make it available for every age. In every respect the undertaking is entitled to approval, and no doubt is receiving an increasing share of popular encouragement.
Globe. The abilities of Mr Gilfillan as an editor and critic are too generally recognised to be enforced by any remark of ours; it is enough to say that he has evidently entered upon his present task in a liberal spirit and with conscientious zeal. The honour of having projected, and so far issued for popular use, a truly valuable, correct, and cheap edition of the works of the British Poets, may be fairly divided between the reverend editor and the enterprising publisher.
Glasgow Citizen. The style of publication is of the stateliest description. There is neither small type nor double column to task the eyesight of the reader; but a broad and ample page, and goodly-sized typography, as befits a work to be read for pleasure rather than consulted for information. With all Mr Gilfillan's tendency to a somewhat unpruned exaggeration of language, we cannot doubt his fitness for editing this splendid serial. His love of poetry amounts to a positive passion ; and he has obviously a very high appreciation of genius in all its higher and nobler manifestations. A critic so enthusiastic, self-reliant, and fearless, may sometimes err in his judgments; but he will rarely fail in stirring up the minds of his readers, and commanding admiration even where he does not convince.
The Critic. A fitter man could not have been found for the task which the enterprising publisher has confided to him, and the execution of the three volumes that are completed amply justifies the confidence that was reposed in the editor. Of the typographical attractions of this edition, it is impossible to speak too highly. They are perfect. A bold, clear type, which the oldest eyes may read with pleasure, and the best paper, at once, on opening it, assert its title to be a standard library book.
Border Advertiser. It is a pleasant sign of the times that Mr Nichol and others should be enabled to issue works of sterling value to the public, at prices that place them within the reach of every family in receipt of regular income. About eighteen years ago Messrs Chambers astonished the British world with reprints of standard works, at prices that placed them within reach of the people; but, to accomplish that, the type was condensed and the paper inferior. Here, on the contrary, we have promised to us works, many of them the same, in boarded volumes instead of paper covers, and in type the largest, and paper the whitest and stoutest, that is used for library volumes—and actually at prices less than were charged for those former miracles of cheapness. What a great fact is this Library of British Poets! How strongly does it testify to the increased intellectual condition of the people !
British Banner. The volumes are not only sumptuous, and massive in their character, but, for cheapness, they are incomparably below anything that has ever appeared of the same class. We wish Mr Nichol success in his noble project; a complete edition of the British Poets, thus executed, will be a great achievement. We can hardly doubt that he will meet encouragement; for while we say, by all means let the millions and the young have their minion type and our classic poems for a few pence, yet let men to whom pence is of less value than vision be indulged with a little small-pica or long-primer.
Plymouth and Devonport Weekly Journal. This is another volume (Thomson's Poetical Works) of the noble edition of the British Poets, publishing by Mr Nichol of Edinburgh. The undertaking is one that would, under ordinary circumstances, entitle its originators to public thanks ; but the feeling of gratitude is considerably enbanced when we recollect the very beautiful manner in which the enterprise is carried out, and the remarkably moderate terms at which the volumes are offered. The critical dissertation is in Mr Gilfillan's best style, and perhaps we could bestow upon it no higher praise. We consider that it would be useless to recommend an undertaking, which, for importance and admirable execution, has scarcely been approached even in the present day, as we feel assured it will receive that appreciation and support which it so eminently deserves.
Christian Witness. These splendid volumes constitute the best of our recent editions of the Works of Milton. While the typographical aspect of the work leaves nothing to be desired, the sketch of our great Poet, by Mr Gilfillan, is such as was to be expected from such a pen on such a subject. ... The second volume is adorned by a Critical Estimate of the Poet's Genius and Works. This essay is an affair of unusual splendour. Never had Mr Gilfillan a nobler theme, and never did he embark in greater earnestness on the discussion. A great poet himself, in soul and spirit, although he has never taken to verse, he is perfectly at home in conversing with our renowned Republican Bard. The present disquisition is, beyond doubt, a magnificent affair, intensely elaborated, and strikingly indicative of those rare powers to which the world is already so much indebted.
Dumfries and Galloway Courier. This beautifully got up volume, forming the third of the Library Edition of the British Poets, edited by the Rev. G. Gilfillan, does great credit to both publisher and editor. There is a concise, yet well written life of the Poet, faultless typography, added to cheapness, even in this age of cheap books. ... The book is worthy of a place in any library.
Perthshire Courier. We never lifted our pen to recommend any publication with more pleasure than this reprint of the British Poets. . It is an edition not before this to be met with, even in the libraries of the nobility. We hope to hear that all ages, as well as every class of society, will appreciate a publication which we again say we have much pleasure in commending to all, as we are sure we can do so with much safety.
Stirling Observer. This noble edition of the British Poets throws the Aldine publications of Pickering, notwithstanding their antique elegance, completely into the shade. The reputation it acquired, when the first of the series appeared, continues to be amply sustained. In the brief, but discriminating and masterly, introductions, from the pen of Mr Gilfillan—in the careful revision which the text has undergone—in the magnificent paper and typography and getting up of the volume,this edition is without a rival.
Both editor and publisher again receive our thanks. They have produced an edition of Thomson of which his native country may be proud.
The Leader. The volumes before us contain Milton and Thomson. They are printed in large handsome type, fitted even for ancient eyes, with liberal margins for the loving pencils of students. As reprints, they are the cheapest and handsomest
we can name.
Edinburgh Advertiser. The paper and printing of the volumes are of the highest class—forming, in these respects, a striking contrast to all existing cheap editions, in which so few efforts have been made to combine superiority in production with low prices; and the binding-dark green cloth, with an ivy-leaved pattern—is most suitable to the character of the work. When we say, in conclusion, that six of these volumes are to be delivered to the subscribers every year for no higher price than one guinea, we think we have said more of this work than could be said of any other with which we are acquainted.