1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Henry John Todd

Thomas Frognall Dibdin, in Library Companion (1824; 1825) 2:702=03 &n.



It were idle to enter into a minute catalogue of the various editions of the Collected Works of Spenser, after the bibliographical and critical labours of the last Editor of the poet; whose "Variorum" edition of him, (if it may be permitted to use that term) is, in all respects, so superior to every preceding edition, that I will not allow my "Young Man" — and much less my "elderly Gentleman," — to take any rest, till a well-coated copy of Todd's Spenser glitter upon his shelves.... The prolegomena are replete with interest and information. The notes, at the foot of the text, and the Glossary, at the close of the text, is at once apposite and complete. There are copies of this Editio Optima on Large Paper, which usually adorn our more splendid private libraries.