THE SENTENCE of Momus on the poetical Amusements at a…

~ THE SENTENCE of Momus on the poetical Amusements at a Villa near Bath. London: Printed in the Year 1775, and sold by the Booksellers of Bath and London. 1775

4to (262 × 208 mm) in half-sheets, pp. 15, [1]; a few marks to the title; disbound.

Sole edition of a rare reply to Poetical Amusements at a Villa near Bath (Bath, 1775), a collection of bouts rimés from ‘Lady Miller’s Vase’ (i.e. Sir John and Lady Miller’s literary salon at Batheaston) to raise funds for the local Pauper Scheme.

‘On another occasion, perhaps, we would not disapprove of Momus’s pleasantry; but where the interest of a benevolent institution is concerned, certainly a celestial personage might check any temptation to ridicule’ (Critical Review). The Monthly Review thought it ‘illiberal, and therefore contemptible’. ESTC locates 7 copies only (BL, Cambridge, Harvard, NYPL, Lilly, Cincinnati, Yale).

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