Poem On the Last Day. In Three Books.
Young, Edward

Salem, (Massa.): Nathaniel Coverly, Jun., 1802. 48 pages; with the first few pages having testimonies from Young's admirers: "Verses to the Author" Madg. Col. Oxon. T. Wharton, "To a Lady, with the Last Day. Pemb. Col. Oxon. T. Tristram and "To Docotor Young, On his Last Day, and Universal Passion." 1736 J. Banks; the 'three books' of this a Christian narrative poetic morality piece by Edward Young (bap. 1683 - 1765) British writer,"... first composition of note was the lengthy A Poem on the Last Day (1713), revised in 1715 and reprinted twenty times in the next half-century. In three books and roughly 500 couplets, Young describes the resurrection of the dead, the tortured speech of those awaiting judgment, and the final conflagration...Young's place in literary history is…embodied (in) new sensibilities and notions of literary self-consciousness and imagination. The only major literary figure spanning the reigns of Queen Anne and George III, Young has retained an importance that is also ensured by his friendships with writers as diverse as Pope, Johnson, and Richardson and his contemporaries' admiration," (James E. May in the DNB); approx.. 4 ¼" x 7 ¼" size; previous owner name of John G. Clarke 1806 at top of title page; bound in the original plain paper covers, side-sewn; title page with a couple water-marks; text pages darkened; spotted throughout; one leaf of the preliminary material trimmed short, little loss in one corner (does not appear to be any textual excision) and with a humble paper repair via thread-sewing of the bottom part of the page; covers with wear and chipping, especially along spine and edges, paper very soft; still in good condition; Shaw & Shoemaker 3603 2nd Series Early American Imprints. Good Paperback (Item ID: 21631)


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