The Pleasures of Imagination. A Poem in Three Books.

“London [i.e., Newcastle?]: [s.n.], Printed in the year 1744”.

Price: $450.00

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Pirated edition (?). [2], 102 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Early black calf, rubbed and worn, upper joint cracked (cords holding), flyleaf detached and rear free endpaper lacking. Foxon A144 ("Almost certainly a piracy; the same ornaments are found in piratical editions Pope's Essay on Man. Possibly of Newcastle origin.").

Item #229557

Bound with 3 others:

[ANONYMOUS]. Lucius and Celadon: or, a Dialogue on the Existence and Immortality of the Soul. [4], 68 pp. 8vo, Newcastle upon Tyne: Printed by I. Thompson and Company, for Thomas Slack, 1755. ESTCN33841;

Apparently the first publication by the Newcastle printer, publisher, bookseller and author, Thomas Slack (c. 1723-1794). "By 1751 Slack was working for the Quaker printer Isaac Thompson, of Newcastle, to whom William Bulmer was later apprenticed. Thompson was proprietor of the Newcastle Journal, and Slack was said to have been his manager. Their working relationship is unclear, however, for in 1755 was issued Lucius and Celadon, or, A Dialogue of the Existence and Immortality of the Soul, with the imprint 'Printed by I. Thompson and C°, for Tho. Slack'" - DNB. A London edition , presumably the first, appeared in the same year as Slack's Newcastle edition, only 4 copies of the Newcastle edition are located by OCLC;

[COLLINS, Anthony]. A Philosophical Inquiry Concerning Human Liberty. The Fourth edition, Corrected. viii, 115, [5] pp. 12mo, Glasgow: Printed by R. Urie, 1749. ESTCT75766; and

[CHANDLER, Samuel]. Plain Reasons for Being a Christian. The fifth edition. 74 pp. 8vo, [London:] Printed in the year, 1743. ESTCT27636.