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PORDEN, Eleanor (1797?--1825)
The veils; or the triumph of constancy. A poem, in six books. By Miss Porden.
London: printed for John Murray, 1815.
viii, [2], 290 p. ; 22.9 cm. (8°)

A pastiche of Pope's 'The Rape of the Lock', with personifications drawn from scientific taxonomy. Eleanor Porden became the first wife of Sir John Franklin, the explorer. Soane knew her father, the architect William Porden (c. 1755--1822), who also had literary leanings, and shared responsibility for a skit on the Royal Academy entitled The exhibition, or a second Anticipation, [1779] (q.v.). Soane's friend John Taylor wrote a panegyric on The veils (q.v.).

Copy Notes With a four-page catalogue of forthcoming works to be published by John Murray, dated April 1815, bound at the end (q.v.).

Binding Original C19th brown paper boards with printed paper spine-label reading 'The Veils. By Miss Porden. Price 10s. 6d.'.

Reference Number 1485


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