John Frost, Select Works of the British Poets, in a chronological series.... With Biographical and Critical Notices. Designed as a Continuation of Dr. Aikin's British Poets. 2 Volumes (Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle, 1845-6)
Information about the collection: The first volume is from Falconer to Sir Walter Scott and the second is from Southey to Croly; both were published in 1842 and then reissued in 1846 and 1845, respectively.
Advertisement for the first volume: The following work has been executed with a view of completing the original design of Doctor Aikin, whose volume comprised "a chronological series of the clasical poets of Great Britain, from Ben Jonson to Beattie, without mutilation or abridgment, with biographical and critical notices of the authors." The present volume commences with Falconer and ends with Scott.
In the task of selecting, the compiler has kept in view, according to the best of his judgment, what appears to have been the leading principle of his predecessor, namely, to choose the most popular works of the best poets. The notices have been necessarily compiled entirely from British authorities.
It is intended to add onre more volume to the series, which will commence with Southey, and include the principal works of all the classical poets of Great Britain, subsequent in chronological order to those comprised in the preceding volumes.
Advertisement for the second volume: This Volume is a continuation of the series of British Poets, of which the First Volume in the chronological order was compiled by Dr. Southey, and includes the Poets from Chaucer to Ben Jonson; the Second, by Dr. Aikin, includes those from Jonson to Beattie; the Third, by the compiler of the present Volume, comprises those from Falconer to Scott. This Volume, the Fourth, begins with Southey and ends with Croly. One more Volume will complete the series.
The original plan of giving entire Poems, instead of extracts and mutilations, has been adhered to throughout; and intrinsic merit, so far as it has been understood by the compiler, has been made the ground of selection. The Biographical Notices are copied with slight variations from Mrs. S.C. Hall's "Book of Gems."
Table of Contents: [Falconer to Scott][Southey to Croly]
From Falconer to Sir Walter Scott (732 pp.)
SIR WILLIAM JONES
SIR WALTER SCOTT
From Southey to Croly
WALTER SAVAGE LANDOR
HENRY KIRKE WHITE
BRYAN WALLER PROCTOR (Barry Cornwall)
HENRY HART MILMAN
PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY