Aurelia; or, the Contest: an heroi-comic Poem; in four Cantos.…

~ Aurelia; or, the Contest: an heroi-comic Poem; in four Cantos. By the Author of Modern Manners... London: Printed for J. Dodsley... 1783. 1783

4to (250 × 198 mm), pp. [iii]–vii, [1], 77, [1], plus final advertisement leaf; without the half-title; some mild foxing, first and last pages dust-soiled, remains of old wrapper along inner margin; disbound.

First edition. An early work by Hoole (1757/8–1839), an associate of Charles Burney, Arthur Young, and Samuel Johnson; Hoole was the ‘reverend friend’ to whom Johnson left a bequest of books. It is an imitation of The Rape of the Lock, ‘designed to exhibit the absurdity and baneful tendency of fashion and dissipation in the amiable sex; and the event, under which the agreeable author has chosen to couch the lesson he teaches, is that of the dissolution of the artificial complexion of a young lady, by the immoderate heat of a country-dance’ (English Review). Jackson, p. 99.

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