The Court of Cupid. By the Author of the Meretriciad.…

The Court of Cupid. By the Author of the Meretriciad. Containing the Eighth Edition of the Meretriciad, with great Additions. In Two Volumes. by THOMPSON, Edward.

~ The Court of Cupid. By the Author of the Meretriciad. Containing the Eighth Edition of the Meretriciad, with great Additions. In Two Volumes. London: Printed for C. Moran,... 1770.

2 vols, small 8vo (155 × 98 mm), pp. [2], ii, 147; [2], v, [1], 139, [3], with final advertisement leaf in vol. 2; first and last couple of leaves in each volume (including titles) with marginal browning; contemporary sprinkled calf, gilt; sometime expertly rebacked preserving original backstrips; a good copy.

First edition of this collection of Thompson’s bawdy satires: ‘Captin T --- is, in short, what he calls himself, the poet of the stews’ (Critical Review). Thompson served with the Royal Navy throughout his career, though after the peace of 1763 he ‘devoted his time to writing. During the remainder of his life he acquired a wide circle of political and literary acquaintances including John Wilkes, David Garrick, and Richard Brinsley Sheridan whom he apparently detested... His satires The Demi-Rep (1756) and The Meretriciad (1763), published anonymously, proved very popular, the former recounting the attractions of London society and its corrupting moral influence. These and several other pieces were collected in 1770 under the title The Court of Cupid (ODNB).’ Jackson, p. 1; Rose, Register of Erotic Books, 1097.

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