The Pleasures of Memory, with other Poems... the tenth Edition.…

~ The Pleasures of Memory, with other Poems... the tenth Edition. London: Printed for T. Cadell, junior, and W. Davies, 1798.

pp. [8], 12, 128; with the half-title, 4 engraved plates (waterstained).

[bound with:] GOODWIN, George. Rising Castle, with other Poems... Lynn: Printed for the author by W. Turner; and sold by all the booksellers in Lynn; Messrs. Robinson, London; Stevenson and Matchett, Norwich; and Gedge, Bury, 1798, pp. [4], 151, [1]; slight waterstaining towards the end.

2 works bound together, 16mo (157 × 95 mm), contemporary sprinkled calf, gilt panelled spine, black morocco label; rubbed, gilt darkened; a good copy.

Of the two works here, the most interesting is Goodwin’s very scarce King’s Lynn-printed collection with the long ruin-poem ‘Rising Castle’ on this ancient Norfolk landmark. It is the author’s only published book. It was widely reviewed, but not always favourably. One reviewer took issue with Goodwin’s use of local names: ‘In one of the poems, the name of a village called Snettisham is introduced. We hope never to hear this unpleasing sound again in verse. If our author will look into the funereal odes of Dr. Watts... he will see the ridiculous effect produced by the use of ill-sounding proper names. Would not Romeo and Juliet excite laughter, if the heroine should address each other as Timothy and Tabitha?’ (cited by Aubin, p. 69). Aubin, p. 358; Jackson, p. 230; Johnson 387. ESTC: BL, Cambridge, Bodley, Norwich, Princeton, Lilly, UC Davis, Illinois and Yale.

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