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AKENSIDE, Mark. The pleasures of imagination. a poem. in three books.

London. Printed for R. Dodsley, 1754. [Fifth edition].
125pp, [3]. With a half-title and a final leaf of publisher's advertisements. Title page in red and black. ESTC T85417.

[Bound with:] [WARTON, Thomas]. The pleasures of melancholy. A poem. London. Printed for R. Dodsley, 1747. First edition. 24pp. ESTC T42497.

Quarto. Recent half-calf, contrasting red morocco lettering-piece, contemporary marbled boards. Extremities rubbed. Remnant of bookplate to FEP, single manuscript correction to text of second bound work, title page browned with short closed tear to head.
An early edition of English poet and physician, Mark Akenside's (1721-1770) philosophical didactic poem, The Pleasures of Imagination (first published in 1744); together with the first edition of sometime Poet Laureate Thomas Warton's (1728-1790) first major poem, The Pleasures of Melancholy, a self-conscious imitation of Akenside's work.
£ 150.00 Antiquates Ref: 13927