The pleasures of imagination. A poem. In three books.
London, R. Dodsley 1744.
Price: £240 [convert currency]
4to. (123) (ex 125, no half title leaf) + (1)pp, engraved title leaf vignette, also 2pp publisher’s adverts. Early twentieth century boards, vellum spine. Roderick Gradidge’s copy (book label).
First edition, published without its author’s name being stated, of the best-known of the works of the Northumbrian-born poet Mark Akenside (1721-1770), which in its emphasis on the beauties of the natural world foreshadowed much later eighteenth century writing on the sublime and the beautiful.