Translation; a Poem... by FRANCKLIN, Thomas.

~ Translation; a Poem... London: Printed for R. Francklin... and sold by R. Dodsley... 1753.

4to (250 × 194 mm) in half-sheets, pp. [4], 14, [2] advertisements; with wide margins; disbound.

First edition, dedicated to the Earls of Granville, Chesterfield, and Orrery. An attack on previous attempts at Classical translation—though he compliments Johnson on ‘two fine imitations of Juvenal’—by Francklin (1721–1874), clergyman, critic, playwright, and sometime professor of Greek at Cambridge. He was himself no stranger to translation (Voltaire, Cicero, Pseudo-Phalaris), and the final leaf here carries announces Francklin’s intention to print by subscription a version of Sophocles, which finally came out 1758–9.

Francklin’s father was the bookseller Richard Francklin, publisher of the controversial Whig periodical The Craftsman, who appears in the imprint here.

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