Transmigration: a Poem. by (TRANSMIGRATION).

~ Transmigration: a Poem. London: Printed for J. Bew, 1778.

4to (230 × 176 mm), pp. [4], 44, without the half-title; small manuscript ‘3’ to upper forecorner of title; modern wrappers; library stamp to foremargin of p. 5 (Mercantile Library of Philadelphia).

First edition, sometimes attributed to Edward Smedley, Rector of Powderham (Devon). A rather ill-tempered satire on taste in contemporary literature by an author dubbed an ‘impudent rogue’ by the London Review for his presumption in offering such bad poetry at so high a price. Swipes are taken at Gibbon, at Joseph Banks and at authors of picturesque travel narratives. ‘ATTEND, ye Swarms of MODERN TOURISTS, / Yclelpt [sic], or Botanists or Florists: / Ye who ascend the cloud-capt Hills, / Or creep along their tinkling Rills; / Who scientifically tell / The Wonders of each COCKLE-SHELL; - And load the Press with Publications, with useless, learned DISSERTATIONS. / Yes who o’er Southern Oceans wander / With simpling B[an]ks or sly S[olande]r. Jackson, p. 67; ESTC: BL, Bodley (2), Liverpool; NYPL, Rice, Pennsylvania and NLA.

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