Lives and Writings of Our Most Considerable English Poets


This antique hardcover book is bound in brown marbled boards with leather spine and corners. Leather is mostly clean and smooth, with a few light scratches on the front, rubbing on the rear. Gilt trim, spine decorations and spine lettering are bright. Endpapers are marbled. Inner pages are browned. Front inner hinge shows a previous repair -  binders tape is present. Rear hinge shows some wear as well. This book was likely rebound in the 1800s. Jacob, known more for his legal writing than his literary criticism, also made an enemy of Alexander Pope and was written into Pope's "Dunciad" as one of the dunces. This volume gives biographies of several English poets, illustrated with pasted-in engravings. 328 pages, plus index; approx. 5"x7".



  • An Historical Account of the Lives and Writings of Our Most Considerable English Poets, Whether Epick, Lyrick, Elegiack, Epigramatatists, Etc.
  • Giles Jacob
  • E. Curll, London, 1720
  • First edition