The History of English Poetry, Vol. 1 of 3: From the Close of the Eleventh to the Commencement of the Eighteenth Century (Classic Reprint)

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HE Edition of 1824, in four volumes octavo, which has for some time been out of print, and upon which the present is founded, has been generally esteemed for its correctness, and for a valuable body of materials for the illustration of the work collected by Mr. Park, including numerous manuscript notes by Ritson, Ashby, Douce, and other eminent antiquaries*, but especially on account of the important corrections and additions made by its much-lamented Editor, Mr. Richard Price; for whom, though his name did not appear on its publication, it deservedly obtained considerable reputation.

With regard to what he contributed under the head of addi tions, may be mentioned in particular his notes, or rather essays, on the Lais of Marie de France, on the Saxon Ode on the Victory of Athelstan, on the Romance of Sir Tristram, on the Visions of Piers Plouhman, and his learned Preface, in which is con tain ed a very interesting view of the inquiries that form the subjects of Warton's work, the manner in which he has treated them, their progress since the publication of his work, and of the controversies to which it gave rise. The corrections made by Mr. Price must be considered also as having added much to the value of the edition; both those which apply to errors in War ton's glossarial notes, and those which resulted from a collation of many of the specimens with manuscripts in the British Museum or editions of acknowledged fidelity. The latter, from the great carelessness of Warton as a transcriber, were very numerous, and not less important, many passages having been rendered quite unintelligible from errors in copying.

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