Ver-vert; or, the Parrot of Nevers: a Poem, in four…

~ Ver-vert; or, the Parrot of Nevers: a Poem, in four Cantos. Freely translated from the French... The second Edition. Oxford: Printed for J. Cooke; and sold by J. Bell... and J. Johnson... London 1793.

4to (253 × 205 mm), pp. vii, [1], 48; inner margin of title and final page reinforced, light foxing and the odd stain elsewhere, early ink ownership inscriptions to title; disbound.

Second edition of this translation, first published the same year (same pagination). Vert-vert was the poem which made Gresset famous in the 1730s, the tale of a pampered parrot which, on a journey between his home in a convent in Nevers and another in Nantes, picks up some shocking language from its fellow travellers, to the mortification of the nuns. It had first appeared in English in 1759, translated by John Gilbert Cooper. The present version is by Alexander Geddes. Jackson, p. 188.

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