The Immortality of the Soul. A Poem. Translated out of…

The Immortality of the Soul. A Poem. Translated out of the Latin... By William Hay, Esq; by BROWNE, Isaac Hawkins.

~ The Immortality of the Soul. A Poem. Translated out of the Latin... By William Hay, Esq; London: Printed for R. & J. Dodsley... and sold by M. Cooper. 1754.

4to (262 × 207 mm), pp. viii, 40; some spotting, more so to the title; recent wrappers.

First edition of this translation, dedicated to Richard Trevor, Bishop of Durham. There were two other translations the same year, one by Richard Grey (author of the much reprinted Memoria technica, or, A New Method of Artificial Memory, 1730), and an anonymous one of Book I only. The translator here is William Hay (1695–1755), politician and author of Mount Caburn (1730; his only original verse). Also in 1754 he published his most popular work: Deformity: an Essay, ‘a discussion of his own physical disabilities—he had been born a hunchback dwarf’ (Oxford DNB).

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