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COTTON, Nathaniel (1705--1788)
Visions in verse, for the entertainment and instruction of younger minds. A new edition, with six elegant plates.
London: printed for Vernor, Hood and Sharpe; Cuthell and Martin; J. Walker; Lackington, Allen, and Co.; R. Lea; J. Nunn; Darton and Harvey; Scatchard and Letterman; Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme; and J. Murray; by W. Wilson, printer, 1808.
144 p., 6 pl. ; 14.4 cm. (12º)

Anonymous. By Nathaniel Cotton. Originally published in 1751. This edition with plates by Ridley after Thurston was first published in 1798. One of the most popular eighteenth-century English books of poetry for children; more than a dozen editions were printed over the next fifty years. The work consists of nine Visions or allegories depicting Slander, Pleasure, Health, Content, Happiness, Friendship, Marriage, Life, and Death, together with two further poems, The lamb and the pig, and Death and the rake. Cotton was a physician by profession, who ran a private asylum in St. Albans from 1740 to 1788 where William Cowper was committed during his first period of insanity.

Copy Notes Largely unopened. The plates are issued without tissue-guards in this copy.

Binding C19th full marbled-paper boards, possibly the publisher's, with paper back, spine-title in ink: 'On content'.

Reference Number 1081


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