Censura Literaria. Containing Titles, Abstracts and Opinions of Old English Books. With Original Disquisitions, Articles of Biography, and Other Literary Antiquities. With the articles classed in chronological order under their separate heads.
Second Edition. 7 of 10 volumes. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10. (Incomplete). London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1815. 16 cm x 24 cm. Vol. 1: VIII, LXIII, 432 pages. / Vol. 2: VIII, 450 pages. / Vol. 3: VII, 434 pages. / Vol. 4: VII, 435 pages. / Vol. 6: VIII, 416 pages. / Vol. 8: VIII, 411 pages. / Vol. 10: VIII, 580 pages. Original Hardcover. Volume 1 has dampstaining on boards, front board detached. Volume 8 has small dampstain on front board. All volumes with stronger rubbing, fading on boards, otherwise good condition with content intact.
All volumes (except volume 1) have Exlibris / Bookplate of George Waldo Emerson ‘Truth swerves not, neither to the right nor left, fixed and eternal as the polar star. “Hitch you wagon to a star”’. The glue stopped holding the fine condition bookplates to front pastedown because of age.
″A work justly held in high estimation by all antiquaries in literature (250 copies printed) . . . The articles . . . under their separate heads of Poetry, History, &c., with a general index to the whole, give the new edition a great superiority over the first edition.” – Lowndes.
Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges, 1st Baronet (30 November 1762 – 8 September 1837) was an English bibliographer and genealogist. He was also Member of Parliament for Maidstone from 1812 to 1818.
Educated at Maidstone Grammar School and The King’s School, Canterbury, Brydges was admitted to Queens’ College, Cambridge in 1780, though he did not take a degree. He was called to the bar from the Middle Temple in 1787. He wrote some novels and poems, now forgotten, but rendered valuable service through his bibliographical publications, Censura Literaria, Titles and Opinions of Old English Books (10 vols. 1805-9), his editions of Edward Phillips’s Theatrum Poetarum Anglicanorum (1800), Arthur Collins’s Peerage of England (1812), and of many rare Elizabethan authors. He was a founding member of the Roxburghe Club, a publishing club of wealthy bibliophiles. He was elected a Knight Grand Commander of the Equestrian, Secular, and Chapterial Order of St. Joachim in 1807, at a Chapter held in Franconia.
In 1789, the Chandos barony became dormant. Egerton Brydges attempted to claim the title, initially on behalf on his older brother Rev. Edward Tymewell Brydges, then later on his own behalf. The litigation continued from 1790 to 1803, before the claims were ultimately rejected, but he continued to style himself per legem terrae Baron Chandos of Sudeley. It seems likely that not only was the claim groundless but that the evidence was forged. He was made a baronet on 27 December 1814. He died in Geneva. (Wikipedia)