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Akenside Mark; The Poetical Works with the Life of the Author

SKU: Akenside Mark AB0210071 $84.00
The Poetical Works of Mark Akenside with The Life of the Author forming part of Cooke trades Pocket Edition of the original & complete works of Select British Poets or Entertaining Poetical Library containing the Poetic Productions of the most Esteemed Bards. Published by C. Cooke on February 28th 1795 with five (5) engravings woodcuts and embellishments. Full tooled leather with gilt boarders marbled papers four raised bands on spine author in gilt on spine and four (4) gilt decorative medallions. 263 pages and one (1) contentspage. Volume measures: 15 cm. x 9.25 cm. Pages are cream to off-white without foxing spotting or tears. Pages 70 100 exhibit very minor water spotting on the right hand middle edge which does not affect text and is unobtrusive. The four (4) corners are turned in towards the pages. The spine is tight with all pages firmly attached. This volume exhibits wear consistent with 215 years of age and use. It is a very sound attractive book with minor blemish. Akenside (9 November 1721 23 June 1770) was an English poet and physician. Born at Newcastle upon Tyne England the son of a butcher. He was slightly lame all his life from a wound he received as a child from his father trades cleaver. All of his relations were dissenter and after attending the Royal Free Grammer School of Newcastle and a dissenting academy in the town he was sent in 1739 to Edinburgh to study theology with a view to becoming a minister his expenses being paid from a special fund set aside by the dissenting community for the education of their pastors. After one winter as a theology student Akenside changed to medicine as his field of study. He repaid the money that had been advanced for his theological studies and became a deist. His politics said Dr. Samuel Johnson were characterized by an impetuous eagerness to subvert and confound with very little care what shall be established During a visit to Morpeth in 1738 he had the idea for his didactic poem The Pleasures of the Imagination which was well received and subsequently translated into more than on foreign language. He had already acquired a considerable literary reputation when he came to London about the end of 1743 and offered the work to Robert Dodsley for 120 pounds sterling. Dodsley thought the price to be exorbitant and only accepted the terms after submitting the manuscript to Alexander Pope who assured him that this was no everyday writer