The Pursuits Of Literature. A Satirical Poem..


Bound in original half calf, gilt over marbled boards; spine in compartments with gilt band, with contrasting maroon morocco title label, gilt. All edges marbled. Extremities worn, but otherwise a very good copy. Armourial bookplate of Lord Crewe. Signature on front pastedown.



Printed for T. Becket, Pall-Mall.,






In four dialogues. with notes. the seventh edition, revised.

Item Description

8vo. 5.5 x 8.25 inches. [4] + iv + 443 pp.+ [5] pp. errata and publisher's advertisements.


A verse satire on the literary writers of his age, written in the form of four separate between Octavius and the author, filled with classical allusions and containing extensive notes. Published anonymously but known to be the work of Thomas James Mathias (1754?-1825), an accomplished Italian scholar. It first came out in separate parts, 1794-97 and, from the fifth edition of 1798, in this complete form. The author's best known work, it was very popular at the time with editions appearing until 1812 (and a Philadelphia one in 1800).
This copy is from the library assembled by Richard Monckton-Milnes, 1st Baron Houghton (1809-85), an important patron of literature, and by his son, of Robert Offley Ashburton Crewe-Milnes, 1st Marquess of Crewe, and previously the Earl of Crewe (1858-1945), Liberal politician, who held a wide variety of offices in his career, including those of Colonial and India Secretary

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