The art of poetry on a new plan: illustrated with a great variety of examples from the best English poets; and of translations from the ancients: together with such reflections and critical remarks as may tend to form in our youth an elegant taste, and render the study of this part of the belles lettres more rational and pleasing.

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Title

The art of poetry on a new plan: illustrated with a great variety of examples from the best English poets; and of translations from the ancients: together with such reflections and critical remarks as may tend to form in our youth an elegant taste, and render the study of this part of the belles lettres more rational and pleasing.

Creator

Goldsmith

Publisher

London: Printed for J. Newbery, at the Bible and Sun in St. Paul's Church-yard.

Type

RBSC Physical Object

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Title

The art of poetry on a new plan: illustrated with a great variety of examples from the best English poets; and of translations from the ancients: together with such reflections and critical remarks as may tend to form in our youth an elegant taste, and render the study of this part of the belles lettres more rational and pleasing.

Date of Publication

1762

Author

Goldsmith

Publisher

J. Newbery

Place of Publication

London, at the Bible and Sun in St. Paul's Church-yard,

Provenance Notes

Binding

  • Binding is well-worn on both volumes indicating the book was used often--perhaps vigorously 
  • Parts of the edges of the boards are chipped off
  • There are stains on the front and back boards
  • Discoloration 

Heraldry

Bookplate #1 --

There is a bookplate with a Scottish coat of arms.

Heraldry in Scotland was unique -- each male family member is assigned variant coat of arms.

This book belonged to Walter Thomas Wallace.

The helmet indicates some sort of rank or achievement.

Below the helm sits a shield, blazoned with a lion; the stripes on the shield's border is a mark of cadency used to distinguish the owner from other sons in the family. 

Above the helm sits a crest.

Bookplate #2 --

After Wallace, the book was owned by R.B. Adam.

Other provenance

- Marbled paper on both volumes are torn

- Penciled-in number “#17070” on both volumes; other pencil marks sparsely throughout

- A gold seal of on scrap paper at before title-page

- Library of the University of Illinois” stamped

- Blue library code printed in both volumes

- What seems like grease stains are splattered throughout both volumes—bleeding through the pages.

- Ink stains on 106-107 of volume 1 — they appear a few other pages to a lesser extent, too. 

- There is a portion of the page that seemingly burned off/was spilled.

- The book is weathered, and well-utilized. 

Local Notes

Physical description

  • 2 volumes
  • vol. 1 -- 1 illustration, viii, 16 unnumbered, 252 numbered pages. 
  • vol. 2 -- title-page, 382 pages
  • Gold-leaf pages
  • Marbled paper inside the binding
  • Smaller, pocket-sized book

Content description

Both volumes exist as eighteenth-century sources for the study of English literature—poetry, specifically.

The intended audience is younger. It is an "educational text." This is perhaps the reason it is well-worn (from consistent reference) and smaller (so it can be carried around).

John Newbery

  • 1713-1767
  • Called "the Father of Children's Literature"
  • Made printing children's literature sustainable and profitable 
  • Patron of Oliver Goldsmith

Oliver Goldsmith

  • 1730-1774
  • Anglo-Irish essayist, poet, and playwright 

Significance?

  • Newbery helped establish a market for children's literature in bookselling
  • Changing attitudes about children and education in the eighteenth century
  • Rise of the British middle-class -- they had more money and time to spend on their children

Binding Notes

General notes

  • Printed and bound in the latter part of the eighteenth century
  • Pasteboard
  • Non-decorative except for the gold gilt edging and lettering on the spine

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Citation

Goldsmith, “The art of poetry on a new plan: illustrated with a great variety of examples from the best English poets; and of translations from the ancients: together with such reflections and critical remarks as may tend to form in our youth an elegant taste, and render the study of this part of the belles lettres more rational and pleasing.,” RBSC Provenance, accessed November 18, 2019, http://projects.leadr.msu.edu/rbscprovenance/items/show/16.