THE BELDAMES. A Poem. by BELDAMES

~ THE BELDAMES. A Poem. London: Printed for Mess. R. and J. Dodsley... and sold by M. Cooper... 1759.

4to (260 × 207 mm), pp. 22, plus final blank; light waterstain in upper margin, and a few narrow marginal wormtracks; disbound.

Sole edition: ‘an excellent Satire... levelled at those malevolent Beings [the old hags of the title] who are miserable themselves and rejoice at the Misfortune of others’ (London Magazine). The Annual Register thought it a work of ‘truth, elegance and spirit’, the Monthly Review ‘the work of a writer of good sense, and a genius poetical’.

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