The Pleasures of Melancholy. A Poem …

London: Printed for R. Dodsley … and sold by M. Cooper … 1747.

4to., pp. 24; last page a little duty but a very good copy in modern quarter green morocco; bookplate of Percival F. Hinton. From the library of Dr. Bent Juel-Jensen.


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First edition of Warton’s second publication, preceded by Five Pastoral Eclogues (1745), and written at that time, though Warton also contributed to his brother Joseph’s Odes on various Subjects (1746). The Pleasures of Melancholy was Warton’s first major poem, a meditative blank-verse work more referred-to than read, with a debt to Milton and several nods to Pope, and helped to establish his reputation.

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