[COTTON, Nathaniel]. ~ Visions in Verse, for the Entertainment and Instruction of younger Minds… London: Printed for R. Dodsley... and sold by M. Cooper, 1751.
8vo (195 × 118 mm), pp. 104, woodcut ornaments; early inscriptions to free endpaper ‘Geo: Hadley’ (deleted) and ‘E.S. Greville’; contemporary brown morocco, gilt; quite rubbed and scratched, sometime expertly rebacked to style; an excellent copy.
First edition. One of the most popular eighteenth-century English books of poetry for children — more than a dozen editions over the next fifty years. Cotton, a physician by training (at Leiden, under Hermann Boerhaave) ran a private lunatic asylum in St. Albans and he is now best remembered for his kindness and care for Cowper during Cowper's first period of insanity