Date Published: 1786 to 1834
Samuel Rogers was an English poet, banker, and art collector, and best remembered as a witty conversationalist and as a friend of greater poets and politicians, including Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, and Charles James Fox.
The collection consists of 11 items dating from 1786 to 1834, specifically, 3 books, 3 ALS, 1 signed note (partial letter) and 4 antique prints/engravings.
3 Books 2 inscribed and one owned and signed by Rogers):
• Italy, a Poem (London: printed for T. Cadell, Jennings and Chaplin, and E. Moxon, 1830), full black leather, gold tooling and stamping, all edges gilt, signed “From Sam1 Rogers | to | E. Moxon [British poet and publisher] .”
• Poems (London: printed for T. Cadell and E. Moxon, 1834), full black leather, gold tooling and stamping, all edges gilt, signed “To Emma Moxon [Edward Moxon’s wife] | from her sincere Friend | S.R.” :
• A bound approximately 80 pp. book of a collection of reviews and notices of Rogers’s work published in various London periodicals with dates and names of periodicals in Rogers’s hand also signed bookplate by him.
Bound in full polished leather with triple gilt-ruled boards, marbled endpapers, upper board re-attached. Engraving of Rogers ca. 1830 by William Finden (after Sir Thomas Lawrence) on the front pastedown, signed by Rogers. Included in this volume are the following pieces: An Ode to Superstition, apparently his first published work, Monthly Review (July 1786) and Critical Review (June 1786); An Heroic Epistle to the Right Hon. Edmund Burke, Analytical Review (August 1791); The Poetry of the World, Monthly Review (September 1791); An Heroic Epistle to the Right Hon. Edmund Burke, the English Review (October 1791); The Pleasures of Memory, The Critical Review (April 1792), the Monthly Review (June 1792), the London Review and Literary Journal (October 1792), European Magazine (1793), British Critic (1793), the English Review (December 1793), Critical Review (January 1794), Theatrical Journal (July 1794, poem by J.B.); letter by Rogers re a meeting of Dr. Johnson and Dr. Priestley, the Gentlemen’s Magazine (March 1795); “Ode to Superstition” by Thomas Adney (June 1795); unidentified poem, Theatrical Journal (July 1795); reviews of Richard Polwhele’s The Influence of Local Attachment, Monthly Review (May 1796) and Critical Review (September 1796) with letter from Polwhele denying that he has plagiarized from Rogers’s The Pleasures of Memory, European Magazine (December 1796); letter from X.Y.Z. (Mrs. Barbaud) re the Life of Lorenzo de Medici with reference to a banker and a poet (Rogers), Monthly Magazine (July 1796); An Epistle to a Friend, Analytical Review (April 1798) and the Monthly Review (April 1798).
3 Autographed Letter Signed (ALS) and 1 singed not (part of a letter):
• ALS to Mrs. Horner, n.d., declining an invitation because “tomorrow I have promised to dine with the Bancrofts”.
• ALS to a friend (Dear Charles), n.d., in part: “Many thanks for your letter & for your services! I have no commission for Paris or I should not scruple to employ. The Vases are to be had in the Rue du Coq… Remember me to the Ladies….”
• ALS to Mr. Senior (perhaps Nassau William Senior, lawyer and economist), St James' Place, Friday. “My dear Mr Senior, Can you do me the great favour to come to breakfast with me tomorrow at 10 & can you persuade the Ladies to come too? The Archbishop has promised to come & I hope Mrs Whatley will come. Pray, pray say yes. Yours sincerely S Rogers”.
• Fragmentary ALS, 6 March 1829, reference to someone recently deceased, “he was buried as simply as he lived. In my next dispatch I will write more, if you encourage me.”
• 4 antique prints/engravings featuring portraits of Samuel Rogers, one apparently signed.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.