The Satires and Epistles of ...


The Satires and Epistles of ...

done into English, with notes. By S[amuel] Dunster.

Description: a little browned in places, and some minor staining, rust hole in M7 with the loss of 1 letter on the recto and 2 affected, pp. [xvi], 447, [9, Index and ads], 8vo, contemporary panelled calf, worn, joints cracked but cords holding, exactly contemporary ownership inscription inside back cover of Robert Arnald, July ye 27, 1709, signature of John Fisher on title, with a number of notes at the end, and 1½ pages of verse 'The Representation of a Clown'

Publication Details: Printed by M. Jenour, for D. Browne, and J. Walthoe, 1709

Notes: First edition of Dunster's translation, a 'dull version [which] exposed him to the taunts of the satirists of his day, among whom was Dr T. Francklin, who wrote: O'er Tibur's swan the muses wept in vain, And mourn'd their Bard by cruel Dunster slain' (ODNB). As a clergyman Dunster was characterised by 'dreary and verbose preaching' (Op. cit). The verses at the end are a not quite accurate transcription of part of Dryden's Cymon and Iphigenia.

Bibliography: (ESTC N21381)

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Price: £550

Subject: Literature

Published Date: 1709

Stock Number: 59225

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