TAYLOR, Charles (1756-1823)
The Cabinet of Genius, being a Series of Engravings, comprising a copious variety of interesting subjects, selected from the most admired poetry, history &c. Engraved by the Best Artists ...
London: C. Taylor, 1786-1789. Quarto. (9 x 7 1/2 inches). 37 (of 40) original parts (lacking part numbers 22, 27 and 35). 2 engraved titles and 74 (of 95) stipple engraved plates printed in sepia engraved by Taylor and John Ogborne after Samuel Shelley and Robert Smirke. (Old dampstaining).
Publisher's letterpress blue paper wrappers, part 8 lacking the front wrapper, part 31 lacking the rear wrapper
Provenance: Reverend Mr. Wren (signature on part XXV)
Taylor and Ogborne both studied under Bartolozzi, and their engravings here are superb. The authors represented include Shakespeare, Milton, Pope, Gay, Burns, Goldsmith and more. Sets of this work are rarely found complete, and sets in the original parts are almost unknown.