Poems on various Subjects. Consisting of Meditations, Contemplations, Soliloquies, poetical…

Poems on various Subjects. Consisting of Meditations, Contemplations, Soliloquies, poetical Epistles, moral Reflections, Hymns, and Paraphrases of several Parts of Scripture... by MAY, Thomas, of Henley.

~ Poems on various Subjects. Consisting of Meditations, Contemplations, Soliloquies, poetical Epistles, moral Reflections, Hymns, and Paraphrases of several Parts of Scripture... Henley: Printed by G. Norton, for the Author; and sold by C. Dilly... Scatcherd and Co.... T. Hookham... Champante and Whitrow... Darton and Co.... C. Stuart... London; J. Fletcher, Oxford; S. Hazard, Bath; and W. Brown, Tolzey, Bristol. [ c.1791.]

8vo (197 × 122 mm), pp. [8], 162, [2]; without the preliminary leaf ‘Entered at Stationer’s Hall’, but complete with the subscribers’ list (one name crossed out) and final advertisement leaf; original thin marbled boards, rubbed, corners worn, front free endpaper removed.

ESTC distinguishes two editions: one ‘Printed by and for the Author’ ([1790?], pp. 162, [2]; Bodley and Wisconsin only), the other ‘Printed by G. Norton, for the Author’ ([1791?], pp. [12], 3–162, [2]; BL, NLS, Bodley, Essex, Illinois, Yale, Otago).

Quaker poet May ‘died at Ampthill, in Bedfordshire, the 19th of 4th month, 1805’ (Smith). This is his last published work. Jackson, p. 169; not in Johnson; Smith, Catalogue of Friends’ Books II, 169.

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