London: Printed for J. Dodsley in Pall-Mall, 1791. Sixth Edition; New Edition. Leather. Largely lost to obscurity in modernity, Shenstone was of significant influence in the latter half of the eighteenth century. Robert Burns referred to him as of of his favorite authors, and later referenced Shenstone in the Kilmarnock edition of his poems, with utmost praise, calling him "that celebrated poet whose divine Elegies do honour our language, our nation, and our species."
Volumes one and two are the sixth edition, with volume three the new edition (and which accords to ESTC). Fold out map and numerous plate illustrations throughout.
Volume one contains "Elegies on several occasions. Odes, songs, ballads, &c. Levities, or pieces of humour. Moral pieces." Volume two contains "Essays on men and manners. Adescription of the Leasowes, the seat of the late William Shenstone, esq; by R. dodsley. Verses to Mr. Shenston." and Volume three contains "Letters to particular friends, from the year 1739 to 1763."
8vo. ,-332pp., [4, contents]; vii, -343pp. + fold out map; [iii]-xvi, 352pp. Volumes 1 and 2 have title vignettes, but not included in volume 3 (as with the LoC copy). ESTC T92453. Substantial wear to leather bindings, but otherwise very good with prior owner name in ink to title pages but contents otherwise rather bright. Item #183