London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1814. First edition. Some wear to spines, minor stains to boards, labels a bit chipped. Contemporary bookplates of Richard Corbet, Adderley. Bookplate of Eric Quayle, dated 1962. An excellent copy, clean and crisp. Original boards, uncut, printed paper labels. Three volumes, octavo. xx, 416, [1, errata]; , 409, , [1, errata]; , 436, [1, errata] pp. Item #14487
John Colin Dunlop (d. 1842) was the son of John Dunlop (1755–1820) of Rosebank, Glasgow, a merchant and song writer and lord provost of Glasgow. He attended the University of Edinburgh and was admitted advocate in 1807, but practiced very little law, preferring a life in literature. "…he was a conscientious critic, and in most instances he had carefully read the works he describes. The oriental and modern sections are the weakest. The chapters on romance and chivalry are good, and those on the Italian novelists deserve high praise. The stories are well condensed, and the book is written in a clear and agreeable style." A German edition, translated by Felix Liebrecht, appeared in 1851. Dunlop's other works include a History of Roman Literature (1823) and Memoirs of Spain (1834).
NCBEL III, 1279.