1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Nicholas Breton

William Beloe, in Anecdotes of Literature and Scarce Books 6 (1812) 312.



All the pieces of this writer, both in prose and verse, are become remarkably scarce, and never fail to produce a very large sum when they are met with at auctions. Many of them are enumerated by Ames, Warton, Ritson, Ellis, &c. but I do not remember to have seen much description or mention of the following [Characters upon Essaies Morall and Divine], which came into my possession by one of those accidents which occurred more frequently in the time of George Steevens, Major Pearson, Isaac Reed, and the collectors of that date, than at present.