Death: a poetical Essay... by PORTEUS, Beilby.

~ Death: a poetical Essay... Cambridge, Printed by J. Bentham Printer to the University, for T. &. J. Merrill, Booksellers at Cambridge; sold by Benj. Dod, J. Whiston & B. White, and J. Dodsley in London; J. Pote at Eton; J. Fletcher, & D. Prince in Oxford; and S. Stabler at York. 1759.

4to (255 × 205 mm), pp. 20; early ms ink addition (cropped) at foot of p. 7; final page dust-soiled; disbound.

First editon. The Seatonian Prize poem for 1759; the first published work by the future Bishop of London. ‘He wrote feelingly, for he had recently lost both his parents; but his extravagant eulogy of George II caused him to be gibbeted by Thackeray in a well-known passage in “The Four Georges”’ (DNB).

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