[COTTON, Nathaniel]. ~ Various pieces in Verse and Prose. By the late Nathaniel Cotton, M.D. many of which were never before published. In two Volumes. London: Printed for J. Dodsley. 1791.
2 vols, 8vo (175 × 105 mm), pp. viii, 246 (contents leaf bound after title); , 232; early inscriptions erased from titles, repair to small closed marginal tear to first title; contemporary tree calf, gilt, sides with greek-key borders, spines in compartments with urn tools, red morocco lettering and numbering pieces, the latter with green onlaid roundels; contemporary yellow booksellers’ ticket (Lawler & Quick, 9 Old Bond Street) early bookplate of Isaac Brown and rubbed, joints cracked but secure.
Sole edition. ‘In 1791 Cotton's son the Revd Nathaniel Cotton published Various pieces in verse and prose by the late Nathaniel Cotton, M.D., many of which were never before published. Its two volumes collect the Visions, fables, occasional verses such as the frequently anthologized poem ‘The Fireside’, Horatian odes, and five sermons. The third sermon, concerning Psalm 19, verse 12, ‘Who can understand his errors? Cleanse thou me from secret faults’, offers an interesting parallel to Cowper's ‘Self-acquaintance’. Cotton's fables refer to family members and seem intended for private use. In ‘A Fable’ gentle autobiographical satire unfolds as a poetic Owl, puffed with praise, hoots that he will replace Colley Cibber as poet laureate’ Oxford DNB). Jackson, p. 171.