255 pages. Illustrated. Panelled polished calf cover, edges and corners rubbed and scuffed. Spine chipped, bottom is better than the top. Marbled cover end papers, front and back free end papers are solid dark blue. Interior, the flyleaf bears the signature of A. F. Egerblade and two purple rubber stamps of another Egerblade in Texas, one on the flyleaf and one on the title page along the date. (R. F. or R. R. ?) It appears someone attempted to remove the name stamp on the title page without success. Some pages have varying degrees of foxing and a tear on the front flyleaf was repaired many years ago. Fragile, and yet it should have no problem reaching its 300th birthday intact, as the signatures seem quite secure in their binding. With loving care, it could last another 300 years or more. N° de réf. du libraire
Titre : Epistles, Odes, &c. Written on Several ...
Éditeur : London: Printed for J. Walthoe, over-against the Royal Exchange in Cornhill; and J. Peele at Locke's Head in Pater-noster Row.
Date d'édition : 1724
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat du livre : Good
Edition : 1st Edition
Description du livre London: printed for J. Walthoe; and J. Peele, 1724. Hardcover. État : Fine. 1st Edition. lxiv, 255 pp. 8vo, contemporary panelled calf (very slight wear to the tips of the spine). First edition. The author's principal collection of verse. Leonard Welsted (1688-1747) was educated at Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he never acquired a degree. He began to publish verse when he was in his early twenties, and after some vacillation allied himself with the Whigs, becoming a kind of secretary or assistant to Richard Steele; he later held a minor government post, and supplemented his salary by literary patronage. Welsted is now chiefly remembered for his quarrels with Pope, which were carried on with virulence on both sides. A Grub-Street contemporary, Bezaleel Morrice, characterized Welsted's poetry, with some justification, as "modish," but there is evidence that his works were read with interest by such better writers as James Thomson and Oliver Goldsmith. Of particular note in this volume is the long critical essay with which the book begins, discussing such topics as taste, wit, genius, and the rules of poetry; included are comments on Dryden, Milton, Settle, and Cowley. Included in this essay is a passing hit at Pope, for a line in his Essay on Criticism ("And what now Chaucer is, shall Dryden be"): "But whoever this writer is, he certainly judg'd the matter wrong." This is in fact a slight misquotation, as Pope had written "And such as Chaucer is." Pope, who was notoriously quick to be irked, did not fail to respond. Included in this volume are pastorals, occasional poems, translations from Horace, Ovid, and Tibullus, a few prologues and epilogues, and a rather charming poem called "Apple-Pye," which Welsted later said was his first attempt at verse. A fine copy. Early armorial bookplate on the verso of the title-page of John Orlebar (1697-1765), of the Middle Temple, a member of Parliament for Bedford from 1727 to 1734. Foxon, p. 677; Guerinot, Pamphlet Attacks on Pope, pp., 88-90. N° de réf. du libraire 1107r-z