Poems on Several Occasions: GAY, John (1685-1732) Poems on Several Occasions: GAY, John (1685-1732)

Poems on Several Occasions

GAY, John (1685-1732)

Published by Printed for J. and R. Tonson, H. Woodfall, W. Strahan, R. Baldwin, T. Caslon, T. Longman [and 4 others in London], London, 1767
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In 2 volumes, complete. 12mo; [4], 260; [4], 272pp, with a copper-engraved frontispiece and 8 engraved plates after P. Fourdrinier. T 8vo. (7" X 4.5"). Finely bound in slightly later full polished calf, the elaborately gilt spine in six compartments with raised bands and green and red leather lettering pieces gilt; boards ruled in gilt; marbled end papers and silk page markers. Bindings lightly rubbed, but internally clean and bright, the illustrations remarkably fresh: A Fine set. Foxon G43 (for earlier London editions). Lowndes 869. ESTC Citation No. T13905. In another age Gay would have stood out as a preeminent satiric writer, but his close friendship with the two most penetrating and acerbic satirists ever to have written in English has meant that his gentler, more amiable, satiric achievement has usually been regarded as of a major, but lower, order. (Lit. Encyclopedia) Those satirists were, of course, Jonathan Swift and Alexander Pope, who met with Gay and three lesser lights (John Arbuthnot, Henry St. John and Thomas Parnell) in the spring of 1714 as the Scriblerus Club. Gay designed Poems on Several Occasions to include his finest previously published works (Rural Sports, The Shepherd's Week and Trivia, among other poems), plus an extensive collection of new ones, and published it by subscription in July 1720 to raise the funds to pay off his debts. It was reissued at approximately ten-year intervals, with further editions in 1731, 1737, 1745, 1757 and this last, of 1767. Bookseller Inventory # BB0444

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Title: Poems on Several Occasions

Publisher: Printed for J. and R. Tonson, H. Woodfall, W. Strahan, R. Baldwin, T. Caslon, T. Longman [and 4 others in London], London

Publication Date: 1767

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine-

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