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Title: The Universe. A Poem. Intended To restrain the Pride of Man. By Mr. Baker.
Description: London: Printed for T. Worrall..., [no date] [1734]. 8vo, 187 x 117 mms., pp. 8, 40 [41 - 48 adverts], engraved frontispiece (detaching at upper margin); disbound; corners creased. Baker (1698 - 1774) will be remembered by collectors and scholars as the author of two books on the microscope, The Microscope Made Easy (1742) and Employment for the Microscope (1753). Later editions of this work put the word "Philosophical" before "Poem." The work was reprinted several times in the 18th century and in 1808, with notes by A. Crocker, with the reviewer in The Annual Review and History of Literature for 1809 commenting that "The versification of Mr. Baker is of the good old school, that of Dryden and Prior. Though somewhat negligent, it has in parts a force and freedom which followers of Pope have vainly endeavoured to unite with their more regular harmony." ODNB in its article on Baker refers an edition of 1727 as the first publication of the poem. ESTC does not list this edition. OCLC refers to a digital version " Printed for T. Morral sic]" published in 1727 and 19840508 locates three copies, Colordao at Denver, Michigan, and Princeton. These copies are also undated and lack the adverts. However,1727 as a conjectural date is probably wrong. See G. R. Potter's note on the dating of the work in Modern Philology (1932), 29, 3; 301 -321.

Keywords: poetry cosmology literature

Price: GBP 275.00 = appr. US$ 392.70 Seller: John Price Antiquarian Books
- Book number: 8127

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