The Complaint: Or, Night-thoughts On Life, Death, And Immortality.
Sold by A. Mallard, J. Durfey, E. Nelson, W. Newton, R. Stanton, P. Hammond, H. Thornton, D. Wateerson, E. Watson, W. Stoddart and P. Bland.
To which is added, a paraphrase on part of the book of job. a new edition, corrected by the author.
12mo. 4.5 x 6.75 inches. 296 pp. Bound in later maroon half morocco over purple boards; spine in compartments with gilt bands and gilt title. A little wear to extremities, neat repair to tear on last page and occasional foxing; otherwise a very good crisp copy. Illustrated by engraved frontispiece. First published in 1742, the blank verse, divided into nine parts, Night-Thoughts (as it was generally known,) became one of the most popular books of the age; it appeared in numerous editions and was translated into eight languages. This pioneer work of romanticism, of 'melancholy and moonlight,' also influenced the German writers of the 'Sturm und Drang' movement. It regained popularity early in the twentieth century when it was praised in print by Edmund Blunden. Edward Young (1682-1765), educated at Winchester and Oxford, was a poet, critic, satirist, philosopher, theologian, and later cleric. According to the British Library the list of booksellers in the imprint of this scarce London edition of 1782 is fictitious. ESTC lists only three holdings, in the British Library, elsewhere in Europe, and in Australia (ESTC T210740)
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