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KING, William (1663--1712)
Miscellanies in prose and verse. By William King.
London: printed for B. Lintott and H. Clements, [1709].
[32], 441, 440-441, 444--445, 444--445, 448--536, [2] p., engr. frontis. ; 19.0 cm. (8º)

The success of King's The art of cookery: in imitation of Horace and The art of love: in imitation of Ovid, both published in 1708, led the publisher to bring out this two-volume collected edition of King's Miscellanies, printed on ordinary paper with a star as watermark, and on fine paper with no watermark as in the present copy. Each work, with a few exceptions, has a special title-page. Each work, with a few exceptions, has a special title-page. 'A Journey To London, In The Year 1698', presented as a translation from the French of Samuel Sorbière, is in fact by King himself and works as a satire on Sorbière (translator of Hobbes and whose Voyage en Angleterre was published in 1664) and the similarly titled A journey to Paris in the year 1698 by Martin Lister. Engraved frontispiece by Michael van der Gucht. Pages 440--41,444--45 repeated and pp.442--43, 446--47 omitted in pagination. Contents: Animadversions on a pretended account of Danmark. -- A journey to London in the year, 1698 ... Written originally in French, by Monsieur Sorbiere, and newly translated into English. -- The furmentary. A very innocent and harmless poem. -- Two letters to the Honourable Charles Boyle, Esq. -- Dialogues of the dead relating to the present controversy concerning the epistles of Phalaria. -- Mully of Mountown. A poem. -- Orpheus and Euridice. A poem. -- An answer to a book, which will be published next week. -- Reflections upon Mr. Varillas, his history of heresie. -- A dialogue, shewing the way to modern preferment. -- Miscellany poems. ESTC n10990; Foxon, p. 399; CBEL II, 1047.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper John Soane. Booksellers' notations in ink and pencil inscribed on front free-endpapers. Bound and purchased by Soane as vol. I in a two-volume set with King's translations of Ovid, The art of love, [1708] (q.v.), and of Gabriel Naudé's Political considerations upon refin'd politicks, 1711 (q.v.).

Binding C18th Cambridge-style panelled calf, gilt-tooled spine compartments, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 745


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