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GARTH, Sir Samuel (1661--1719)
The dispensary. A poem. In six canto's. The ninth edition. With several descriptions and episodes never before printed.
London: printed for J.T. [Jacob Tonson] and sold by Tho. Astley, 1726.
[24], 84 p. : engr. frontis., 6 engr. pl. ; 16.2 cm. (12º)

Anonymous. By Sir Samuel Garth. Printer's name from ESTC. Originally published in 1699, the sixth edition (1706) was the first to claim 'Descriptions and Episodes never before Printed'. A burlesque in the manner of Boileau's Lutrin on the opponents of the dispensary organized by the Royal College of Physicians, and exemplary of the progress of English satire between Dryden and Pope. The plates are signed as drawn and engraved by Lud[ovic] Du Guernier and blank on the versos, but are implicitly included in the main sequence of pagination, and all seem to form part of the collation. With a list of the original subscribers from amongst the members Royal College of Physicians in support of the scheme, including the names of Hans Sloane and Thomas Colladon. ESTC t34571; CBEL II, 474; Foxon, G29.

Copy Notes Bound (1) with A compleat key to the Dispensary, 1726 (q.v.). The volume is inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper John Soane. Ownership stamp of 'Ja. Collings' at foot of title-page. James Collings (c. 1721--1788) was a founder member of the Bath Philosophical Society (1779--1787), one of the short-lived precursors of the Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution inaugurated in 1824. Pencil annotation on final free-endpaper probably in Soane's hand, listing three names(?), the third being MWyatt. Page-marking slips inserted at pp. 31 and 35; occasional marks of emphasis in the margins.

Binding C18th Cambridge-style blind panelled calf, gilt-lettered maroon spine-label reading 'Dispensary &c'.

Reference Number 1390


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