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Trivia: or, The Art of Walking the Streets of London
1716. GAY, John. Trivia: or the Art of Walking the Streets of London. [4], 80, [12] pp. 8vo., 195 x 120 mm, full nineteenth-century maroon morocco by Riviere. London: Bernard Lintott, [1716]. First Edition of Gay's poem based upon the Georgics of Virgil. "Though there had been imitations of Virgil's didactics, there had been nothing of the scope, nor any that had hit upon the real idea, of Trivia: to imitate in mock, not just one or another of Virgil's prescriptions, but the entire work" (Dearing). The title of the work signifies streets- the avenues of London, both grand and squalid, portrayed so vividly in the poem. In Gay's interpretation of Virgil's work, the harmonious balance between country and city life is revealed as a hopeless dream: modern urban existence, with all of its defects, was now the dominant mode for humanity. One of only 250 large paper copies. Slight crack at head of spine, else a fine copy. Rothschild 914. Hayward 142. Foxon G82. V.A. Dearing (ed.), John Gay. Poetry and Prose 546.
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