The Praises of Isis; a Poem. By a Gentleman of…

The Praises of Isis; a Poem. By a Gentleman of Cambridge. by (GENTLEMAN OF CAMBRIDGE).

~ The Praises of Isis; a Poem. By a Gentleman of Cambridge. London: Printed for R. and J. Dodsley... and sold by M. Cooper. 1755.

4to (250 × 175 mm), pp. 26, 2, including half-title and final advert leaf; woodcut fleuron to title; modern wrappers.

Sole edition. ‘This is an elegant poetical compliment to the University of Oxford. The ingenious author has prefixed an apologetical advertisement, wherein he precludes any undue censure of himself from those who might otherwise be ready to accuse him of ingratitude to his alma mater’ (Monthly Review).

ESTC notes that it is sometimes attributed to Philip Bennett, while Aubin attributes it to Charles Emily and places it in a mid-century group of similar Isis poems by William Mason, Thomas Warton and Emily, interesting for ‘their extreme use of personification’. Aubin, p. 229, 378.

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