The Irish Hudibras. Hesperi-neso-graphia: or, a Description of the Western…

The Irish Hudibras. Hesperi-neso-graphia: or, a Description of the Western Isle. In eight Cantos. With Annotations... by MOFFETT, William.

~ The Irish Hudibras. Hesperi-neso-graphia: or, a Description of the Western Isle. In eight Cantos. With Annotations... London: Printed for J. Reason... 1755.

8vo (214 × 135 mm) in half-sheets, pp. [4], 59, [1]; complete with the half-title; first and last pages dusty and a little ragged, old stain to half-title; stab-sewn, as issued, entirely uncut.

First British edition, scarce, first published as Hesperi-neso-graphia in Dublin in 1724 (Foxon H162), in which the poet ‘paints Ireland in the wildest colours’ (Aubin). ‘The design of this poem is to ridicule the manners of the country-people of Ireland. The humour is very low, and the poetry as low as the humour’ (Monthly Review). Aubin, pp. 196, 365.

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