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Christopher Smart
The Hilliad: an Epic Poem
London: J. Newbery, 1753. First edition. Disbound. Good. 10" by 8". None. A very scarce first edition of Christopher Smart's mock epic poem written in response to a dispute with John Hill. The first edition of this work. An extremely scarce work. Not seen at auction since 1977. Where it sold for £150 and lacked the half title. This copy the half-title is present. Signatures run as [2], A-G4. Final advertisement leaf present. ESTC citation number T36212. Collated, complete. 'The Hilliad' is a satirical mock epic poem, written as a literary attack on John Hill. The poem was written after a dispute between Hill and Henry Fielding, a 'paper war' that involved literary dispute, during which Hill turned his attention to Smart. He published attack on Smart's 'Poems on Several Occasions'. Smart wrote 'The Hilliad' in response. The poem is supported by the 'Notes Variorum', a series of footnotes that double the length of the work. This was one of Smart's best known works. Christopher Smart was a major contributor to literary magazines of his time, and was friends with the likes of Samuel Johnson and Henry Fielding. He was also a high church Anglican, and published much religious poetry. 'Selbourne Library' stamp to the reverse of the title page and to leaf G1. Stamp to the head of the half-title and leaf F2, 'Portico'. Disbound. Externally, the outer leaves are discoloured with some spots. First two leaves and the last four leaves are detaching from the tail. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are lightly age-toned with some spots. Small puncture marks to the gutter. Light tidemark to … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Rooke Books PBFA [Bath, United Kingdom]

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