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Grecian Prospects: a Poem, in Two Cantos. By Mr. Polwhele.
Printed by T. Flindell; for Cadell and Davies, in the Strand, and Chapple, Pall-Mall, London., Helston, 1799. [bound with:] -------- The unsex'd Females: a Poem, addressed to the Author of The Pursuits of Literature. London: Printed for Cadell and Davies. 1798. pp. 37, [1], Jackson, p. 230;[and after:] TOWNSHEND, Thomas. Poems. London: Printed by T. Bensley, for E. and S. Harding. 1796. pp. vii, [1], 112, 14 engraved headpieces and 14 tailpieces, all after Thomas Stothard, but bound without the engraved plate. Jackson, p. 211.3 works bound in one, 8vo (180 × 105 mm); contemporary tree calf, spine gilt with red morocco label; some neat later pencil annotation.An exceptionally pretty verse miscellany, containing first editions of both the Polwhele works. The Cornish writer's Grecian Prospects is by the far the rarest item here, with ESTC locating copies at Bodley, Exeter College (Oxford), Columbia, Harvard and Huntington anly (plus two copies of a variant London issue of the same year). The introductory analysis explains the poem's ambitious premise: 'A Welsh bard, in the isle of Lesbos, is enamoured with an extensive and beautiful prospect, which he contemplates till the approach of night. He then laments the ruins of art at Athens, Corinth, Sparta, and the Grecian isles, Delos, Teios. imagines nature languishing from neglect in sympathy with art.' Grecian Prospects is without the advertisement leaf found in the Bodley copy, it is not present in either the Harvard or Huntington copies.The Unsex'd Females debates (in verse) the role of women in society and is addressed to sat … [Click Below for Full Description]
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