Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges


Samuel Egerton Brydges studied at Maidstone Grammar School and King's School, Canterbury, Queen's College Cambridge, and the Middle Temple (1782). He was F.S.A. (1795), M.P. for Maidstone (1812-18) and created baronet (1814). In 1810 he moved to Lee Priory in Kent, where he established a private press specializing in reprints of early literature. Upon losing his seat in Parliament Brydges moved to Geneva to avoid creditors. Brydges's life was embittered both by his failure to satisfy his claim to the Chandos peerage and by his failure to achieve his ambitions as a romantic poet.


1783Ode II. Upon beginning the Study of the Law.
1784Ode IV. To Spring.
1800Theatrum Poetarum: Edmund Spenser.
1802Ode XV. The Victim of Despair.
1806A Poetical Fragment on a Deserted Mansion, the supposed Place of Nativity of the Person in whose Character it is written.
1807Ellen St. Aubin. A Fragment of a Poetical Romance.
1807On the Traits and Concomitants of Poetical Genius.
1809On the allegorical Style of Poetry of Collins; — with a Comparison of it with that of Sackville.
1814[The Reviving Spirit of Romance.]
1820Sir Ralph Willoughby. An Historical Tale of the Sixteenth Century.
1820Sir Ralph Willoughby. [Conclusion.]
1820Sir Ralph Willoughby. [Continued.]
1820Sir Ralph Willoughby. [Continued.]
1820Sir Ralph Willoughby: Preface.
1830Poets and Modern Poetry.


Sonnets and other poems, with a versification of the six bards of Ossian. 1785.
The topographer: containing a variety of original articles, illustrative of the local history and antiquities of England. 4 vols, 1789-91.
Topographical miscellanies. 1792.
Mary de Clifford: a story. 1792.
Verses on the late unanimous resolutions to support the constitution [with] some other poems. 1794.
Arthur Fitz Albini: a novel. 2 vols, 1798.
Reflections on the late augmentations of the English peerage. 1798.
Tests of national wealth and finances. 1799.
Biographical catalogue of the peers of Queen Elizabeth. 1799.
Theatrum Poetarum Anglicanorum [Edward Phillips, ed. Brydges]. 1800.
Le Forester: a novel. 3 vols, 1802.
Memoirs of the peers of England. 1802.
Censura Literaria. 10 vols, 1805-09, 1815.
Poems. 1807.
Biographical peerage of the empire of Great Britain. 2 vols, 1808.
The British bibliographer. 4 vols, 1810-14.
Collins's Peerage of England, ed. Brydges. 9 vols, 1812.
The sylvan wanderer: consisting of a series of moral, sentimental and critical essays. 2 vols, 1813, 1821.
The ruminator: containing a series of moral, critical and sentimental essays. 2 vols, 1813.
Occasional poems, written in the year 1811. 1814.
Select poems. 1814.
Bertram: a poetical tale. 1814.
Restituta: or titles, extracts and characters of old books in English literature revived. 4 vols, 1814-16.
Excerpta Tudoriana: or extracts from Elizabethan literature, with a critical preface. 2 vols, 1814, 1818.
Archaica: containing a reprint of scarce old English tracts, with prefaces, critical and biographical. 2 vols, 1815.
Desultoria: or comments of a South-Briton on books and men. 1815.
Fragment of a poem, occasioned by a visit to the old mansion of Denton. 1815.
Speeches delivered to Queen Elizabeth, on her visit to Giles Brydges, Lord Chandos, with a preface, ed. Brydges. 1815.
To the friends and admirers of Robert Bloomfield. 1816.
Arguments in favor of the practicability of relieving the able-bodied poor. 1817.
Reasons for a farther amendment of the act 54 Geo. III. c. 156, being an act to amend the Copyright Act of Queen Anne. 1817.
A summary statement of the great grievances imposed on authors and publishers; and the injury done to literature, by the late copyright act. 1818.
A vindication of the pending bill for the amendment of the Copyright Act. 1818.
Five sonnets addressed to Wootton, the spot of the author's nativity. 1819.
Lord Bokenhurst: or a fragment of winter leaves. 1819.
Conigsby, a tragic tale. 1819.
The population and riches of nations, considered together. 1819.
Letter on the proposed plan of reducing the national debt. 1820.
Sir Ralph Willoughby: an historical tale of the sixteenth century. 1820.
Res literariae: bibliographical and critical. 1820-22.
The hall of Hellingsley; a tale. 3 vols. 1821.
Letters from the Continent. 1821.
What are riches? or an examination of the definition of this subject given by modern economists. 1821.
The anti-critic for August 1821. 1822.
Letter to the Earl of Liverpool on a peerage right. 1822.
Letter on the corn question. 1822.
Several private tracts on a question of peerage. 1822, 1823.
Inquiry into the laws of descent of the English peerage. 1823.
Odo, Count of Lingen: a poetical tale in six cantos. 1824.
Gnomica: detached thoughts, sententious, axiomatic, moral and critical. 1824.
Letters on the character and poetical genius of Lord Byron. 1824.
An impartial portrait of Lord Byron as a poet and a man. 1825.
Recollections of foreign travel on life, literature and self-knowledge. 2 vols, 1825.
Anecdotes and singularities of the Chandos claim. 1826.
Autobiographical memoir, etc. 1826.
Poetical works of William Collins [ed. Brydges]. 1830.
The Anglo-Genevan critical journal for 1831. 1831.
Expositions on the Parliamentary reform bill. 1831.
Modern aristocracy: or the bard's reception. 1831.
The lake of Geneva: a poem moral and descriptive. 2 vols, 1832.
Imaginative biography by Sir Egerton Brydges. 2 vols, 1834.
The autobiography, times, opinions and contemporaries of Sir Egerton Brydges. 2 vols. 1834.
Poetical works of John Milton, ed. Brydges. 6 vols, 1835.
Moral axioms in single couplets for the use of the young. 1837.
Human fate, and an address to the poets Wordsworth and Southey: poems. 1846.