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Title: Poems on Several Occasions. Viz. To a Gentleman who requested a Copy of Veerse from the Author. On Poverty.... And on Several Other Subjects. To which is prefixed, An Account of the Author. By J. Spence, Professor of Poetry in the University of Oxon. The Second Edition.
Description: London: Printed for W. Bickerton..., 1737. 8vo, 197 x 118 mms., pp. [iii] iv - xxxix [xl blank], 312, engraved portrait of Duck as frontispiece, contemporary calf; rear cover a bit soiled, some other general wear to binding but a good to very good copy, with the inscriptions on the front paste-down end-paper, "Thomas Pickwood/ E. Libris/ 1748" and below that, "1811/ Sophia Willner [possibly Millner] Her/ Book Southam Febryl 19" and the autograph "Clemantiney Goode/ Southam" on the rear paste-down end-paper. Duck (1705 - 1756) started life as a farm worker, taught himself to read and write, and began versifying in, probably, his late teens. Joseph Spence, the Earl of Macclesfield, and Dr. Francis Lockier were early sponsors of Duck, and Spence wrote to Pope on 12 September 1730 endorsing Duck's excellences, adding, "The Man is so out of the world, that he never saw your Essay on Criticism till his coming to Winton this week: & reads it with so much taste, that I was surprizd to find he could repeat the best part of it by heart this morning." The first edition of his poems was also published in 1736, a sumptuous quarto, with eleven pages of subscribers (including Pope and Swift), and printed by Samuel Richardson. This is one of two octavo editions published in 1736, with the other "Printed for the Author" as the imprint. Foxon, page 201, a re-issue of the first octavo edition "Printed for the Author."

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Price: GBP 385.00 = appr. US$ 549.77 Seller: John Price Antiquarian Books
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