[Eton, England]: Printed at the Eton College Press, 1894. Full Leather.
Citron calf, gold-tooled, with dentelles, with the coat of arms on both covers. Five raised bands with gilt floral decorations and Elon College coat of arms and the title in green leather. gilt dentelle turn ins. All edges are gilt. Marbled endpages. Frontispiece portrait of Gray engraved by Walker & Boutall after painting by Wilson; other plates drawn by C.W. Radclyffe and engraved by E. Radclyffe. 11.25 inches tall; xii, 164,  pages. Rubricated letters with headers and footer publisher devises.
Begins with a brief biography of Thomas Grey by Horace Walpole. The binding was done by R. Ingalton Drake, Binder.
The bindings are tight and square. Text clean, light even toning. Moderate shelf handling wear. Light corner wear and moderate handling. Offsetting from frontispiece. A handsome copy.
Very Good / No Dust Jacket As Issued. Item #17198
This is a prize book for students leaving Eton, with certificate printed before half-title. Signed by Headmaster Edmond Warre (1884-1905) to Jacob (James) Colin Dundas (1883-1966) He retired from a military career to participate in as a Magistrate in his local English communities.
The poet Thomas Gray, most celebrated for his Elegy written in a country churchyard (1751), attended Eton College from 1725 until 1735, during which time he formed the self-styled ‘quadruple alliance’ with Thomas Ashton, Horace Walpole, and Richard West. Gray went on from Eton to become a scholar at Cambridge, but it was his acquaintance with Walpole (with whom he went on a Grand Tour of Europe in 1738) that helped to popularize his work.
Gray was to leave a more personal legacy at Eton. During the nineteenth century, ‘leaving books’ were given by masters to boys upon their departure from Eton. Lavishly decorated volumes of Gray’s Poems were presented as leaving books, a practice which continues to this day.