BROWN, John. ~ The Cure of Saul. A sacred Ode... London, Printed for L. Davis and C. Reymers... Printers to the Royal Society. 1763.
4to (247 × 195 mm), pp. , 21, ; complete with the half-title and final advertisement leaf; title printed in red and black; light waterstaining and some spotting; disbound, a few leaves loose.
First edition. It was printed by William Bowyer, his records showing that 1000 copies were printed (Maslen & Lancaster, Bowyer Ledgers, 4390).
Known as ‘Estimate’ Brown for his popular Estimate of the Manners and Principles of the Times (1757; six editions within a year), the Northumbrian clergyman—a favourite of William Warburton, the literary Bishop of Gloucester—was also a keen musician. He soon turned The Cure of Saul, a poem on the healing powers of music and nature, into an oratorio, selecting the music himself, and included the poem as part of his Dissertation on the Rise, Union, and Power, the Progressions, Separations, and Corruptions, of Poetry and Music (1763), ‘a pioneering work of conjectural history reminiscent of [Vico’s] Scienza nuova’ (Oxford DNB). Eddy, D. D., Brown, 69.