Poems to Thespia. To which are added, Sonnets, & c.…

~ Poems to Thespia. To which are added, Sonnets, & c. Exeter: Printed by R. Trewman and Son. 1791.

8vo (194 × 110 mm), pp. [2], 210, plus errata slip bound after title; modern crushed morocco, gilt; bookplates of F.A. Hereward Maitland and John Sparrow.

Second edition, but probably to be considered a completely new collection, much enlarged from the 112 pages of the 1781 edition(also printed in Exeter), with eleven new poems added to the main sequence of love poems, followed by thirty-two ‘Sonnets, presented with the first Impression’ to various Oxford and Exeter friends, an early instance of the sonnet revival.

Downman, though a native of Exeter, had pursued his medical studies in Edinburgh, where he boarded with the blind poet Thomas Blacklock. At the end of Thespia is a series of poetical addresses to the author, including complimentary poems by Blacklock, Richard Hole and Richard Polwhele. Jackson, p. 169; Johnson, 285.

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