Blackstone's Transcription of Notes by a Notable Critic on Literary Imitation in the Work of English Poets [Manuscript]. Blackstone, Sir William [1723-1780]. [Warburton, William (1698-1779)]. [Autograph Transcription, Signed ('W.B.'), 1 April 1779, London, Lincoln's Inn Fields, 26 April 1779]. 9-1/2" x 7-1/2" bifolium, four pages of text, archival guard at inner edge. Light toning, vertical and horizontal fold lines. "Autograph of Judge Blackstone, given me by his great-nephew" to head of first page. $4,000. * This autograph transcription is a careful copy of a letter written by Warburton, the churchman, writer and literary critic best known for his editions of Pope and Shakespeare, in 1726. It discusses literary imitation in the works of English poets, especially Addison's Cato. The transcription is followed by an original paragraph by Blackstone. He notes that he copied the letter from a copy made by George Steevens [1736-1800], the eminent Shakespeare scholar. He makes a few philological points about Steevens's copy and comments on Steevens's annotations.
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