8vo. pp. , 48, title printed in red and black, with engraved frontispiece and five engraved plates by Du Bosc after Du Guernier. 5 works in one vol., 8vo.; contemporary speckled calf, joints cracking at foot.
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The Rape of the Lock. An heroi-comical Poem. In five Canto’s … The second Edition.
Second edition of the final text, reset throughout and now with a headpiece to each canto. Griffith 34; Foxon P943. [Bound with:]
[POPE, Alexander]. A Key to the Lock. Or, a Treatise proving, beyond all Contradiction, the dangerous Tendency of a late Poem, entituled, The Rape of the Lock. To Government and Religion. By Esdras Barnivelt, Apoth. The second Edition. To which are added commendatory Copies of Verses, by the most eminent political Wits of the Age. London: Printed for J. Roberts … 1715; pp. iv, 5-32. Second edition, reprinting the text of the first (also 1715), with four new poems addressed to the pseudonymous Esdras Barnivelt. Griffith 38. [And:]
GAY, John. The Shepherd’s Week … The second Edition. London, Printed for J[acob]. T[onson]. and sold by W. Taylor … 1714; pp. , -60, , with engraved frontispiece and six plates by Du Guernier; wanting final leaf of ads. Second edition of Gay’s earthy pastorals, reprinting Ferdinando Burleigh’s first edition of the same year. Foxon G71. [And:]
GAY, John. Trivia: or, the Art of Walking the Streets of London … London: Printed for Bernard Lintott … ; pp. , 80, . First edition, the issue on ordinary paper, of Gay’s three urban eclogues conducting the reader through the streets and junctions (‘trivia’ in Latin) of London first by day and then by night, encountering a series of entertaining characters, from boot-boys and ballad-singers to footmen and fishwives. Foxon G81 (phoenix headpiece on p. 1); Rothschild 916. [And:]
COUNSELLOR’S PLEA (The) for the Divorce of Sir G[eorge]. D[owning]. and Mrs. F[orester]. The second Edition. London: Sold by R. Burleigh … 1715; pp. , 33, . A rare reissue (the title-page is a cancel): ESTC records a copy at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin only.
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EDITED BY THE POET COWPER’S UNCLE [COWPER, Ashley, editor].
The Norfolk poetical Miscellany. To which are added some select Essays and Letters in Prose. Never printed before. By the Author of the Progress of Physick. In two Volumes …
First edition. This lively miscellany, containing a large number of amusing short poems (but nothing for the libertine), was assembled by William Cowper’s uncle, the father of Theodora, later Lady Hesketh, with whom the poet fell in love. The dedication to the young Lady Caroline [Cowper] is subscribed ‘Timothy Scribble’: ‘Too true it is, that the present Age has been fruitful of Miscellanies; and I wish it was less true, that even the best Collections of them (tho’ handed to us by the brightest Wits of our Family [i.e. Scribblers and Scriblerians]) are not without some Impurities, which make them very unfit Companions for Youth ….’ ‘But to say a Word of the following Collection. It consists chiefly of Original Pieces – many of them (and those I fear the worst) are the Editor’s own – some never so much as handed about in Manuscript – few ever committed to the Press before ….’
Poetick Miscellanies …
First edition. Writing from the isolation of Newcastle, then a rural parish in fell country, Rawlet developed a mode of religious and descriptive poetry distinctly out of step with his own age, as is acknowledged by the editor in a verse preface: ‘Reader, expect not here, the filth of th’ Stage, / Poems that please, but more debauch the Age.’ Rawlet’s poems, such as ‘On a great Thunder and Storm’, ‘On a Cross with a Crown upon it, in Burton, betwixt Lancashire and Kendale’, and ‘On the sight of Furness Fells’, while looking back to Herbert in their weaving of the spiritual and the physical, please more by their anticipation of the topographical and sentimental concerns of the succeeding century.