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The Task: A Poem in Six Books
London - J. Johnson 1785 - %0D%0AThe first edition of this well-respected poem from William Cowper. %0D%0AThe Task: A Poem, in Six Books is a poem in blank verse by William Cowper published in 1785, usually seen as his supreme achievement. Its six books are called The Sofa , The Timepiece , The Garden , The Winter Evening , The Winter Morning Walk and The Winter Walk at Noon. Beginning with a mock-Miltonic passage on the origins of the sofa, it develops into a discursive meditation on the blessings of nature, the retired life and religious faith, with attacks on slavery, blood sports, fashionable frivolity, lukewarm clergy and French despotism among other things. %0D%0AAlso including, An Epistle to Joseph Hill and The History of John Gilpin. %0D%0ALacks the half-title and front blank as usual in bound copies. %0D%0ACondition: %0D%0ARebacked in calf with the original boards preserved. Externally, a trifle rubbed. Front joint has failed, and board is detached. Wear to the head of the spine. Internally, firmly bound. Ink signature to front endpaper and front pastedown. Pages are bright, with some scattered instances of foxing throughout. Overall: GOOD ONLY. %0D%0A%0D%0A [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Rooke Books PBFA]
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