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Peter Pindar, Pindariana or Peter’s Portfolio, 1794

$850.00

Polcot,indar, Peter, PINDARIANA; or PETER’S PORTFOLIO. Containing Tale, Fable, Translation, Ode, Elegy, Epigram, Song, Pastoral, Letters. With Extracts from Tragedy, Comedy, Opera, &c.  By Peter Pindar, Esq. London: Printed by P. Spilsbury and Son, for J. Walker, Paternoster-Row; J. Bell; J. Ladley, Mount-Street, Berkeley-Square; and Mr. Jeffrey, Pall-Mall. M.DCC.XCIV.

 

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[Wolcott, John, M.D.], Pindar, Peter, PINDARIANA; or PETER’S PORTFOLIO. Containing Tale, Fable, Translation, Ode, Elegy, Epigram, Song, Pastoral, Letters. With Extracts from Tragedy, Comedy, Opera, &c.  By Peter Pindar, Esq. London: Printed by P. Spilsbury and Son, for J. Walker, Paternoster-Row; J. Bell; J. Ladley, Mount-Street, Berkeley-Square; and Mr. Jeffrey, Pall-Mall. M.DCC.XCIV. [1794] Quarter vellum on marbled boards, now scuffed.  Quarto, 242 pages, 28 cm. First edition. An early twentieth century owner wrote an interesting entry on the front fly-leaf about the various available editions and the booksellers who had them, i.e., Tregaskis, Dobell, Heffer. A second note explains this owner’s donations of his various collected works of Pindar to Princeton University’s Library and to his friend S. H. Monk.  The black vernacular of “AZID, or the Song of the Captive Negro” gives the reader an idea of John Wolcot’s skills: “Poor Mora eye be wet wid tear,/And heart like lead sink down wid woe;/ She seem her mournful friends to hear,/ And see der eye like fountain flow./ No more she give me song so gay,/ But sigh, ‘Adieu, dear Domahay.’” This  very good copy was purchased from Heffer in Cambridge, Cat. 222, No. 2377.