AN ENGLISH LIBRARY PERIOD II





After dealing with the formation of a library of authors up to John Dryden,

I must logically arrange next a scheme for the period covered roughly

by the eighteenth century. There is, however, no reason why the student

in quest of a library should follow the chronological order.

Indeed, I should advise him to attack the nineteenth century

before the eighteenth, for the reason that, unless his taste

happens to be peculiarly "Augustan," he will obtain a more immediate

satisfaction and profit from his acquisitions in the nineteenth century

than in the eighteenth. There is in eighteenth-century literature

a considerable proportion of what I may term "unattractive excellence,"

which one must have for the purposes of completeness,

but which may await actual perusal until more pressing and more human books

have been read. I have particularly in mind the philosophical authors

of the century.





PROSE WRITERS.

£ s. d.

JOHN LOCKE, *Philosophical Works:* Bohn's Edition (2 vols.) 0 7 0

SIR ISAAC NEWTON, *Principia* (sections 1, 2, and 3): Macmillan's 0 12 0

Gilbert Burnet, *History of His Own Time:* Everyman's Library 0 1

0

William Wycherley, *Best Plays:* Mermaid Series 0 2 6

WILLIAM CONGREVE, *Best Plays:* Mermaid Series 0 2 6

Jonathan Swift, *Tale of a Tub:* Scott Library 0 1 0

Jonathan Swift, *Gulliver's Travels:* Temple Classics 0 1 6

DANIEL DEFOE, *Robinson Crusoe:* World's Classics 0 1 0

DANIEL DEFOE, *Journal of the Plague Year:* Everyman's Library 0 1

0

Joseph Addison, Sir Richard Steele, *Essays:* Scott Library 0 1 0

William Law, *Serious Call:* Everyman's Library 0 1 0

Lady Mary W. Montagu, *Letters:* Everyman's Library 0 1 0

George Berkeley, *Principles of Human Knowledge:*

New Universal Library 0 1 0

SAMUEL RICHARDSON, *Clarissa* (abridged): Routledge's Edition 0 2

0

John Wesley, *Journal:* Everyman's Library (4 vols.) 0 4 0

HENRY FIELDING, *Tom Jones:* Routledge's Edition 0 2 0

HENRY FIELDING, *Amelia:* Routledge's Edition 0 2 0

HENRY FIELDING, *Joseph Andrews:* Routledge's Edition 0 2 0

David Hume, *Essays:* World's Classics 0 1 0

LAURENCE STERNE, *Tristram Shandy:* World's Classics 0 1 0

LAURENCE STERNE, *Sentimental Journey:* New Universal Library 0 1

0

Horace Walpole, *Castle of Otranto:* King's Classics 0 1 6

Tobias Smollett, *Humphrey Clinker:* Routledge's Edition 0 2 0

Tobias Smollett, *Travels through France and Italy:* World's Classics 0 1

0

ADAM SMITH, *Wealth of Nations:* World's Classics (2 vols.) 0 2 0

Samuel Johnson, *Lives of the Poets:* World's Classics (2 vols.) 0 2 0

Samuel Johnson, *Rasselas:* New Universal Library 0 1 0

JAMES BOSWELL, *Life of Johnson:* Everyman's Library (2 vols.) 0 2

0

Oliver Goldsmith, *Works:* Globe Edition 0 3 6

Henry Mackenzie, *The Man of Feeling:* Cassell's National Library 0 0 6

Sir Joshua Reynolds, *Discourses on Art:* Scott Library 0 1

0

Edmund Burke, *Reflections on the French Revolution:* Scott Library 0 1

0

Edmund Burke, *Thoughts on the Present Discontents:*

New Universal Library 0 1 0

EDWARD GIBBON, *Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire:*

World's Classics (7 vols.) 0 7 0

Thomas Paine, *Rights of Man:* Watts and Co.'s Edition 0 1

0

RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN, *Plays:* World's Classics 0 1 0

Fanny Burney, *Evelina:* Everyman's Library 0 1 0

Gilbert White, *Natural History of Selborne:* Everyman's Library 0 1 0

Arthur Young, *Travels in France:* York Library 0 2 0

Mungo Park, *Travels:* Everyman's Library 0 1 0

Jeremy Bentham, *Introduction to the Principles of Morals:*

Clarendon Press 0 6 6

THOMAS ROBERT MALTHUS, *Essay on the Principle of Population:*

Ward, Lock's Edition 0 3 6

William Godwin, *Caleb Williams:* Newnes's Edition 0 1 0

Maria Edgeworth, *Helen:* Macmillan's Illustrated Edition 0 2 6

JANE AUSTEN, *Novels:* Nelson's New Century Library (2 vols.) 0 4

0

James Morier, *Hadji Baba:* Macmillan's Illustrated Novels 0 2 6

£5 1 0





The principal omissions here are Jeremy Collier, whose outcry against

the immorality of the stage is his slender title to remembrance;

Richard Bentley, whose scholarship principally died with him,

and whose chief works are no longer current; and "Junius,"

who would have been deservedly forgotten long ago had there been

a contemporaneous Sherlock Holmes to ferret out his identity.





POETS.

£ s. d.

Thomas Otway, *Venice Preserved:* Temple Dramatists 0 1 0

Matthew Prior, *Poems on Several Occasions:*

Cambridge English Classics 0 4 6

John Gay, *Poems:* Muses' Library (2 vols.) 0 2 0

ALEXANDER POPE, *Works:* Globe Edition 0 3 6

Isaac Watts, *Hymns:* Any hymn-book 0 1 0

James Thomson, *The Seasons:* Muses' Library 0 1 0

Charles Wesley, *Hymns:* Any hymn-book 0 1 0

THOMAS GRAY, Samuel Johnson, William Collins, *Poems:*

Muses' Library 0 1 0

James Macpherson (Ossian), *Poems:* Canterbury Poets 0 1 0

THOMAS CHATTERTON, *Poems:* Muses' Library (2 vols.) 0 2 0

WILLIAM COWPER, *Poems:* Canterbury Poets 0 1 0

WILLIAM COWPER, *Letters:* World's Classics 0 1 0

George Crabbe, *Poems:* Methuen's Little Library 0 1 6

WILLIAM BLAKE, *Poems:* Muses' Library 0 1 0

William Lisle Bowles, Hartley Coleridge, *Poems:*

Canterbury Poets 0 1 0

ROBERT BURNS, *Works:* Globe Edition 0 3 6

£1 7 0





SUMMARY OF THE PERIOD.



£ s. d.

39 prose-writers in 60 volumes, costing 5 1 0

18 poets " 18 " " 1 7 0

57 78 £6 8 0





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