The Economy of monastic Life, (as it existed in England)…

The Economy of monastic Life, (as it existed in England) a Poem, with philosophical, and archaeological Illustrations from Lyndwood, Dugdale, Selden, Wilkins, Willis, Spelman, Warton, &c. and copious Extracts from original Mss. by R. D. Fosbrooke [sic], M. A. Curate of Horsley, Glocestershire. by FOSBROOKE, Thomas Dudley.

~ The Economy of monastic Life, (as it existed in England) a Poem, with philosophical, and archaeological Illustrations from Lyndwood, Dugdale, Selden, Wilkins, Willis, Spelman, Warton, &c. and copious Extracts from original Mss. by R. D. Fosbrooke [sic], M. A. Curate of Horsley, Glocestershire. Glo[u]cester: Printed by R. Raikes. And sold by R. Faulder … Messrs. Fletcher and Hanwell, Oxford; Hough, Glocester; etc. 1796].

4to (263 × 206 mm), pp. [8], 16, 17*–18*, 17–88, [2], 89–120; complete with half-title, addenda, and subscription list (pp. 113–120); some occasional light spotting; modern boards.

First edition of Fosbroke’s poem, praised for being ‘the fruit of a great deal of curious research’ (Critical Review) into English monasticism. In his preface, Fosbrooke (he later changed it to ‘Fosbroke’) stresses that his aim is not ‘to reconcile all the different orders’, but rather to highlight ‘that there must be points in which they all agree … By describing these and adding such ceremonial particulars, as he could most conveniently procure, the Author hopes he has been able to convey a general idea of the nature of a Monastic Life’ (Preface).

A nice piece of provincial typography, the work is dedicated to Edward Jenner (who subscribed for three copies); there are eight other Jenners in the subscribers’ list. Jackson, p. 207; Johnson 337.

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