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New Oddest of all Oddities, For 1813: Being an Odd Book of al the Odd Sermons, Odd Tales, Odd Sayings, and Odd Scraps of Poetry, That have been recited and sung in all Odd Companies, by all the Odd Wits and Broad Grinners of the present Odd Age. Compiled For the Use of every Odd Subject of Great Britain, From diminutive Nine Inches to Odd Seven Feet, by their Odd and Curious Servant, Geoffry Gambado, Esq.

BUNBURY (Henry William)] FIRST AND ONLY EDITION? 12mo (in 6s), 173 x 105 mms., pp. 59 [ 60], including engraved frontispiece by George Cruikshank, hand coloured rather crudely; stitched as issued, frontispiece detached, fore-margins worn, with slight loss of text of pp. 5 - 8, stitching very loose, text a bit soiled, a poor to fair copy, with the contemporary autograph "Sir John Woolmanton" on recto of frontispiece. An example of the odd humour is short poem entitled "How to Cure a Breeding Wife": Mother Breedwell goes to a doctor to see if he can prescribe a "cure" for having a child or children every year. He prescribes a pair of stockings to be put on before going to be and taken off on rising each morning. Charmed with this idea, she asks for two stockings, one for each leg, as that would double the protection and make her twice as safe from unwanted pregnancy. OCLC records two printed copies, at Princeton and University of Pittsburgh, and five online copies of this work, as well as printed copies, 24 pages, of one published by O. Hodgson in the 1800s, edited by Obadiah Ollapod [sic]. No copy of this title with Geoffry Gambado as compiler in Library Hub/.
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Joe Miller’s Jests; Or, the Wit’s Vade Mecum: Being A Collection of the most Brilliant Jests, the excellent Bon Mots, and the most pleasant short Stories, in the English Language: A originally edited by John Mottled, Esq. Author of the Life of Peter the Great, &c. With Considerable Additions. A Collection of Witty and Moral Sentences; And the most pointed and truly valuable Epigrams and Epitaphs; With the Names of the Authors, to such as are know. Inscribed to the Choice Spirits of the Age! A New Edition.

MOTTLEY (Johm), compiler 12mo, 184 x 111 mms., pp. [vi], [5] 6 - 164, engraved frontispiece, engraved portrait of Joe Miller as Teague (Published by T. Rodd.), printed obituary notice on recto of leaf after portrait, with adverts on verso and next leaf, many leaves uncut, later half calf, marbled boards; front joint cracked and weak. Joe Miller's Jests was first published in 1739, and there have probably been umpteen jillion later editions, along with facsimiles of the first edition offered for sale as a genuine first edition. Th work was compiled by Elijah Jenkins under the pseudonym of John Mottley. The comic actor and singer Josias Miller (1683/ - 1738) provided a name for the "jests," but very little of the material comes from him. The only listing for Barker as printer and publisher in OCLC is for an edition of 1796, but adding "His Majesty's Poet-Laureat, Mr. David Garrick, Mr. The. Cibber, Mr. Justice Boden's house, Tom Jones, the most impudent man living, the Rev. Mr. Henley, and Job Baker, the kettle drummer" before "A New Edition," words which do not appear in this copy of the title-page. ESTC also gives 1796 for a similar text, but with 168 pages, and with a watermark of 1796 on the frontispiece; again, the frontispiece, with horizontal chain lines, has no watermark. The ESTC listing, T225377, seems to be for the same book, with a watermark, and 168 pages. In the above copy, the word "Finis" appears on the lower margin of page 164. This, and the presence of the black-bordered obituary suggest that this is an unrecorded edition.
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The Youth’s Spelling, Pronouncing, and Explanatory Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, in which all the words of the Four Leading Parts of Speech Are arranged under their respective Heads, with the Pronunciation Annexed, and the Explanation give in as Simple, Clear, and Concise a Manner as Possible. To which is added, An Essay by Way of Introduction on the Several Parts of Speech, and also a Correct Alphabetical Index.

DOWSON (Emerson)] FIRST AND ONLY EDITION. 12mo (in 6s), 172 x 100 mms., pp. xxxvi, 409 [410 blank], contemporary half calf, gilt spine marbled boards. A very good copy with additional and unique engraved presentation leaf inserted between title-page and Preface: "To/ the Rt. Honble Lord Viscount/ Castlereagh/ The Friend of Mr. Pitt/ Presented by the Author/ as a testimony of Duty & Respect/ 7th Jany 1820." I have found out very little about Emerson Dowson, but his book was reviewed in The Evangelical Magazine and Missionary Chronicle in 1820: "On taking up this book, we felt happy to find that a fellow Christian had been so laboriously and worthily employed, in preparing and compiling this Dictionary. [I]f to teach young persons to cultivate their understanding and convey religious instruction in a pleasing form be praiseworthy; and if, moreover, to have executed his task with considerable ability and fidelity be also commendable, we may safely recommend this work to the attention of all such youthful readers as are desirous of fully understanding the New Testament, the common and glorious charter of our salvation."
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Lettere Familiari del Conte Lorenzo Magalotti, Gentiluomo Florentino, e Accadeico dellas Crusca Divise in due Parti Part Prima. [Seconda].

MAGALOTTI (Lorenzo) FIRST EDITION. 4to, 233 x 170 mms., pp. [xvi], 646 [647 errata, 647 publisher's statement, dated 2 September 1718], title-page in red and black, with engraved vignette ()byAlessandro dalla Via), engraved circular portrait of Magalotti above similar emblematic youth ("Omnia Lustra") before first page of text (byAntonio Montauti), fine engraved head-piece (by the author) to top margin of first page of text, section title for part 2 after page 494, with engraved vignette at top margin of page 497, contemporary vellum, letter in ink on spine; long tear in fore-margin of leaves L2.3 (pages 83 - 86) towards inner margin, but a very good and attractively-printed copy with the armorial bookplate of Lord Dinorben on the front paste-down end-paper. It is possible that the leaves were intended to be cancelled and cut from the fore-margin rather than the lower margin; and the inner margin of L2r is stuck to the verso of the preceding leaf. Lorenzo Magalotti (1637 - 1712) was born into a Roman aristocratic family and developed an early interest in the works of Galileo Galilei and later, as a result of travels and exploration beyond Rome, became a poet, who translated Milton's Paradise Lost and John Philips's Cyder. The most complete recent work on Magalotti is that of Stefano Miniati, Lorenzo Magalotti (1637-1712): rassegna di studi e nuove prospettive di ricerca(2010)
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Opere Scelte dell’ Abate Metastasio. Rivedute da Leonardon Nardini, ad uso deglie Studiosi della Lingua Italiana.

METASTASIO (Pietro); 2 volumes. 12mo, 155 x 92 mms., pp. [iv], 284; [iv], 282 [283 index, 284 adverts], including half-title in each volume, contemporary mottled calf, spines richly gilt, black leather labels; extremities worm, one panel spine of volume 2 wormed, spines a bit rubbed, but a good to very good set with the armorial bookplate of Lady Frances Bentinck on the front paste-d0wn end-paper of each volume, with a note in pencil on the verso of the first blank end-paper in volume 1. This school text was first published in 1796 in two different issues, one with a portrait. I can't tell if a portrait is called for in this 1806 reprint, but OCLC doesn't mention one. The Critical Review gave a one-sentence notice: "This edition of the works of Metastasio has considerable merit for the care and attention which have been bestowed on it." This 1806 edition by Nardi is a redaction of the 1796 text, and his text appears here for the first time. The work was reprinted in 1808, with The Monthlyk Review taking notice of it: "With the first edition of this selection, the readers of Italian poetry have been for some years familiarly acquainted; and a second is now presented to them, in which we believe no material difference occuers: The pieces, which are culled with judgment, and printed with correctness, form and excellent and agreeable introduction to the study of Italian poetry."
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The Art of Preserving Health. To which is prefixed A Crtical Essay on the Poem.

ARMSTRONG (John) 12mo, 162 x 91 mms., pp. [iv], 150 [151 adverts, 152 blank], including half-title, 4 engraved plates by Heath, Neagle, and Parker after Stothard, contemporary mottled calf, gilt rules on covers, spine gilt on compartments; some slight wear to binding, but a very good copy, with the bookplate of Sidney Broad on the front paste-down end-paper, and the contemporary autograph "Alan Selby Cottin" on the recto of the second free end-paper. First published in a handsome quarto in 1744, Armstrong's poem was frequently reprinted, and this is the first edition to have the introduction and critical essay, by John Aikin. It was reviewed in The Monthly Review more-or-less favourably: "The purchasers of this edition of Armstrong's poem will find the essay of Dr. Aikin a very acceptable appendage. The work is elegantly printed.and is decorated with similar plates: but we do not think that, in all the designs, the painter has 'bodied forth' the ideas of the poet." The Critical Review, Or, Annals of Literature was also pleased with the volume: "The present in high repute. The editor, also, Dr. Aikin, has obtained reputation both as a poet and a critic. The reader may therefore reasonably expect that the present edition of Dr. Armstrong's valauble poem will discover taste, and be worthy of the public acceptance. We are happy in the persuasion, that they will not be disappointed."
Essays Relating to the Conduct of Life; On various Subjects. Inscrib'd To all Young Gentlemen and Ladies

Essays Relating to the Conduct of Life; On various Subjects. Inscrib’d To all Young Gentlemen and Ladies, who are desirous of having a true Knowledge of the World. To which are added, Essays on Musick, Painting and Poetry. And also Select Poems, Tales, Epigrams, Translatons, &c. The Third Edition.

JACOB (Giles)] 12mo, 162 x 95 mms., pp. [vii], i -i iv [v blank], 172, 8, contemporary mottled sheepskin, spine ornately gilt in compartmenst (but faded and darkened), red leather label (also darkened); slight wear to extremities, but a very good copy. Giles Jacob (bap. 1686, d. 1744) made his reputation as a legal scholar, but he published a number of other works, but he also published a witty work parodying Alexander Pope's The Rape of the Lock; Jacob gave his parody the title The Rape of the Smock. This work is also of some lasting importance for law and legal history. writes, The Language of Law and the Foundations of American Constitutionalism (2010), Gary L. McDowell writes, "The most clearly Lockean work is a small work entitled Essays Relating to the Conduct of Life. In many ways, the Essays is an unremarkable work. But there are two reasons why it is of interest. First, teachings of Jacob seeks to instil through his essays very clearly take their bearings from the ideas one finds in Locke's Essay concerning Human Understanding and his various tracts on education. The second reasons Jacob's essays are of some interest is the light they shed on his possible motives in publishing his other works, especially his legal compilations and law dictionary." The first edition was published by Curll in 1717, with a total of [[12] + 84 pages, with 21 essays only. This edition adds essays 21-52, "Select poems, tales. ." (including Jacob's poem "Human happiness"), and "The advice of King Stanislaus given to his daughter the Queen of France," which has separate pagination. ESTC states that the title-page is a cancel, but I don't see any obvious stub in this for for a cancellans; copies located in BL; Library of Congress and Illinois. ESTC T67384 locates copies of the 1717 first edition in Brighton Central Library, BL, Cambridge; Folger, Kansas State, Illinois, University of Kansas, and Yale. The BL has a copy of the second edition of 1726, published by J. Cooke.
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Memoirs of the Life of The Rev. Richard Price, D. D. F. R. S.

PRICE (Ridhard). MORGAN (Willliam) FIRST AND ONLY EDITION. 8vo, 213 x 124 mms., pp. [iii] i viii, 189 [190 blank, 191 adverts, 192 blank], contemporary half calf, marbled boards (rubbed and worn), red leather label; end-papers a little soiled, joints cracked, extremities worn. In his ODNB entry on Richard Price (1723 - 1791) D. O. Thomas describes him as philosopher, demographer, and political radical. He was that and more, and one sentence from his political writings about the natural rights of human beings has timeless validity and importance: "First, the right to liberty of conscience in religious matters; secondly, the right to resist power when abused; and thirdly, the right to chuse our own government, to cashier them for misconduct, and to frame a government for our selves." The British Critic, and Quarterly Theological Review, opened its review with the assertion, "No great injury, we think would have been done to the republic of letters, or to the interests of mankind, if the subject of these Memoirs had been suffered to rest in oblivion. Those persons, however, who inherit Dr. Price's sentiments, (which, we trust, for the honour and safety of our country,) will probably be delighted with Mr. Morgan's tribute to his uncle." The reviewer adds that those "deluded contemporaries" who shared Prices' views must be delighted with the results of the French Revolution, "with all its delightful appendages of murder, sacrilege, and rapine."
Amwell: A Descriptive Poem. By John Scott

Amwell: A Descriptive Poem. By John Scott, Esq. The Second Edition.

SAMMELBAND SCOTT (John). KEATE (George). GERRARD (John) 4to, 271 x 210 mms., pp.[iv], 28, including title-page, engraved vignette on title-page, engraved tail-piece. BOUND WITH: KEATE (George): The Monument in Arcadia: A Dramatic Poem, In Two Acts. London: Printed for J. Dodsley., 1783. FIRST EDITION. 4to, 271 x 210 mms., pp. [vi] vii - x [xi blank, xii "Persons of the Drama"], 43 [44 blank]. including half-title. BOUND WITH: GERRARD (John): Poems. London: Printed for the Author; And SOld by G. Kearsly., 1769. FIRST EDITION. 4to, 271 x 210 mms., pp. [v] vi - xx, 112, including half-title and list of subscriber. 3 volkumes in 1, bound in contemporary calf, neatly rebacked, gilt title on spine; front free end-paper detached at inner margin, but a very good copy. The Quaker poet John Scott (1730–1783) had a reasonably successful career as author, and this work led the Monthly Review to describe it as an "easy and melodious poem.[and] this elegant poem, " concluding rather confusingly, "We have spoken with better information of this performance because we know the different landscapes described, but we have not spoken in better terms of it because we know the Author; yet even had this been the case, whoever else knows him, would have held us almost excusable." The painter and artist George Keate produced a large body of work, and enjoyed a number of favorable reviews of his work: The Monthly Review gave Arcadia this endorsement: "There is a simplicity of interest, scenery, and character in this little Poem, which renders it truly Arcadian; and the classical air assumed by the Pastoral Muse giver her a very graceful appearance. The story is simple and tender." John Gerrard (active 1769) is described on the title-page as John Gerrard, Curate of Withycombe in the Moor, Devon. He gathered just under one hundred subscribers for this work, and The Monthly Review found it an agreeable work: "Nothing can be more agreeable to pay to merit its proper tribute of praise, and we gratefully make our acknowlegments for that satisfaction to Mr. Gerrard. The Curate of Withycombe has given us a collection of poems, which, a few little defects and inaccuracies excepted, would do honour to the first names." One item did not, however, please the reviewer: "What pleases us the least in this collection is, the poem called the Beatific Vision. Poetry may go beyond common facts, but ought never to go beyond common sense."
The Human Epic. The Twelfth Epic Poem O The World.

The Human Epic. The Twelfth Epic Poem O The World.

ROWBOTHAM (John Frederick) ["The Homer Of Modern Times"] FIRST EDITION. 8vo, 212 x 115 mms., pp. [iv], 213 [214[, original printed wrappers, preserved in a front opening case, with paper folders; first two leaves detached from inner margin, printed on cheap paper, and now browning. John Henry Rowbotham (1854 - 1925) is the author of three volumes, A History of Music (1885 - 1887), a work he never completed, and even these first three volumes get no further than the 11th century. His work as a musicologist remains valuable to this day. He began publishing the Spenserian stanzas that make up the thirty seven cantos of this "epic" in 1890. At what stage he began to style himself "The Homer of Modern Times" is not known, but the phrase has been used to describe Dante, Vico and others. such as the obscure Scottish poet Thomas Hamilton Dickson, who also described himself as "the 19th century Shakespeare." The American poet Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892) wished to describe himself using that phrase, so it is possible that Rowbotham appropriated it around the time of Whiltman's death. I can find no reviews or even much mention of The Human Epic, so I quote a stanza at random: The pouring rains so steadily they fell, With silver threads united earth to sky; As stand the slender threads assorted well For some divine and gorgeous tapestry: The stiff unbending warp ascends on high; Across the warp the weaver's nimble power Constrains the flosses of the woof to dry So stood the crystal streamlets of the shower, So sleecy clouds and mists across them sweetly scour. OCLC locates copies in BL, Cambridge, NLS, and TCD. Library Hub (Copac) adds Bodleian. It was reprinted by Belmont in 1918 and Foyle in 1924
Discourses on Various Subjects

Discourses on Various Subjects, including several on Particular Occasions.

PRIESTLEY (Joseph) FIRST EDITION. 8vo, 212 x 129 mms., pp. xvi, 464 [465 - 468 adverts], recent full plum calf, gilt spine, red morocco label; some foxing of text. Inscribed on title-page, "The Author to / Bellas & Latitia / 1801", apparently in the hand of the first-named of the two recipients. Joseph Priestley (1733-1804) published these discourses -- mostly sermons and essays on theological matters -- while living in Birmingham, and in them engaged in a certain amount of controversy about monotheism. He must have had a copy of the book with him in his home in the village of Northumberland, Pennsylvania, as it was there that he was in 1801. The first recipient named in the inscription is Priestley's young friend and sometime amanuensis Hugh Bellas (1780-1863), later in life an attorney-at-law, and the lawyer for the local Unitarian congregation. Bellas was also one of the earliest biographers of Joseph Priestley, as his vivid memoir of Priestley's life in America from 1796 to his death in 1804, printed by Dr Sprague in the mid-nineteenth century, is regarded as a valuable account of the last years of the great scientist's life (William B. Sprague, ed., Annals of the American Unitarian Pulpit [1865], pp. 305-308). In it, Bellas refers in fact to the year in the inscription here, 1801, as follows: "In the autumn of 1801, Northumberland suffered severely from fevers; and Dr. Priestley, among others, was prostrated for some weeks. During his illness, I happened to reside in the same house with him, and heard his expressions of resignation to the Divine will, which were uttered in such a tone and so frequently as to be exceedingly affecting" (p. 306). Earlier in the memoir, Bellas speaks of the close relationship he had not only with Priestley but with Priestley's books: "In 1796, at the age of sixteen, I was employed as an apprentice in a store which the Doctor frequented. From the close of that year until the autumn of 1803, I was in the practise, with but little interruption, of borrowing from him miscellaneous books. As he perceived my ardour in acquiring knowledge, and was always on the alert to aid the improvement of young men, he uniformly treated me with great kindness and indulgence when I called upon him. During the period of about seven years, I saw and conversed with him, I suppose, upon an average, once every two weeks" (p. 305). Who is the second named recipient, "Latitia"? Did Priestley simply misremember the name of Hugh Bellas's wife? Her name was actually Esther. Another possibility is that Hugh's sister, or some other female relative known to Priestley, is referenced here. Crook TR/58. ESTC T32018 records no presentation copies at all (to anyone) of Priestley's Discourses on Various Subjects (1787). The ESTC records two presentation copies of other books Priestley gave to his young friend Hugh Bellas -- these are Letters to Mr. Volney (Philadelphia, 1797), 28 pages in length, and Observations on the Increase of Infidelity (Philadelphia, 1797), 179 pages in length -- both held by the Library Company of Philadelphia. The presentation volume on offer is by far the most substantial -- at nearly five hundred pages.
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Il Petrarca con l’Espositione d’ Allessandro Vellutello. Di novo ristampato con le figure ai Trionfi, con le Apostille, e con piu cose utili aggiunte.

PETRARCH Large 8vo, 216 x 147 mms., unpaginaed, collating *8, **4, A-Z8, AA - DD8, a total of 228 leaves, with register on recto of last leaf, printer's ornament on verso, wwodcut title-page with medallion portraits of Petrarca and Laura facing each other, a vignette repeated on the top margin of the verso of leaf *5, bound in contemporary quarter calf, vellum boards, all edges gilt; spine a bit dried, boards slightly soiled, but an attractively-printed text, with the armorial bookplate of Sir Rowland Hill (1772 - 1842) "Avancez," on the front paste-down end-paper, and a name in a later hand, probably 18th century on the title-page, "? Rtapotheye". From The Oregon Petrarch Open Book( "Alessandro Vellutello's Commentary, Il Petrarca con l'espositione di M. Alessandro Velutello, was first published in 1525 and was more successful than the other Cinquecento's commentaries. It was reprinted 26 times until the end of the century. Vellutello's was not a professional letterato as he admits; however, his commentary has unprecedented humanist qualities as he quotes the Latin sources of Petrarch, from Vergil to Horace, from Propertius to Ovid, from Cicero to Plinius. Furthermore, his commentary includes accurate references to the Bible and the Provençal poets. Vellutello's commentary is extremely original as it completely changes the original numbering that Petrarch gave to his poems based on biographical and geographical considerations. He wanted to recreate the identity and life of Francesco and Laura. To this goal he wrote three important introductory essays explaining his new approach to Petrarch's Rvf. The first essay declares the new order that he gave to the poems, Trattato de l'ordine de' sonetti e canzoni mutato; the second is a short biography of Petrarch, Vita e costumi del poeta; finally the third essay reconstructs Laura identity, l'Origine di madonna Laura con la discrizione di Valclusa e del luogo ove il poeta di lei a principio s'innamorò. In this perspective, the first edition of Il Petrarca con l'espositione di M. Alessandro Velvtello includes a wonderful map of the geography of Petrarch's poetry, focused on Vaucluse and its surroundings. Vellutello's commentary was soon translated into French and became instrumental in the formation and diffusion of French Petrarchism. The complete French translation of Petrarch's Rvf by Philieul included in the OPOB (Toutes les euvres vulgaires de François Pétrarquet, contenans quatre livres de M. D. Laure d'Avignon, sa maistresse, jadis par luy composez en langage thuscan et mis en françoys par Vasquin Philieul avecques briefz sommaires ou argumens requis pour plus facile intelligence du tou. Avignon, Barthelemy Bonhomme, 1555) is based on Vellutello's numbering of Petrarch's poems."
Sophronia: Or

Sophronia: Or, Letters to t he Ladies.

JOHNSTON (William), publisher. FIRST EDITION. 12mo, 169 x 101 mms., pp. xii. 245 [246 blank], contemporary calf, red leather label; joints tender, corners very worn, generally rather worn; a fair to poor copy, but with ownereship notes on the end-papers, dated, 1766, the copy of John Haselden. The Critical Review, Or, Annals of Literature for 1761 did not exactly go head over heals for this piece of epistolary fiction: "The author of these letters seems to have forgot the adage, familiarity begets contempt. Straining to be natural, he descends to a meanness of expression and triteness of reflection, which, we fear, will incur the censure of fastidious readers-- We would avoid asperity, as we think the performance is decent, and calculated to the meridian of some capacities." The novel is notable, however, for its celebration of married love. The name Sophronia was popularized in the Italian Torquato Tasso's 1581 epic poem, La Gerusalemme Liberate a fictional romance set against the backdrop of the 1099 conquest of the Holy Land during the First Crusade and translated into English several times. The character Sofronia (later anglicized as Sophronia) is a Christian, Palestinian maiden who falsely accepts the blame for stealing an icon of the Virgin Mary. Sofrone's sacrifice is meant to prevent a massacre of Holy Land Christians at the hands of Aladine, the Muslim ruler of Jerusalem. And for the aficianado of nomenclature, I record the pub quiz answer to name one of Joseph Smith's sisters - Sophronia, who was 24 when her brother found the plates that led to the formation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
A Brief Examination of the Rev. Mr. Warburton's Divine Legation of Moses. In which The Mosaic Thocrac

A Brief Examination of the Rev. Mr. Warburton’s Divine Legation of Moses. In which The Mosaic Thocrac, the Nature and Character of the Sacred Writings, the Antiquity of hero-Gods, and a future, separate State of Animal Life, and Action for Souls after Death; withother Principles and Positions of that learned Writer are occasionally considered and discussed. Address’d to the Author. By a Societey of Gentlmen.

MORGAN (Thomas)] FIRST AND ONLY EDITION. 8vo, 195 x 120 mms., pp.lxxxiv, 175 [176 blank], recently rebound in half plum calf, marbled boards; text water-stained at margins at beginning and end of text, no label on spine, but a good copy. "While commonly regarded as just another deist Morgan's originality lay in his application of the tools of historical criticism to scripture and to the history of religions. In the various controversies in which he was engaged he showed a keen intelligence and an enviable ability to turn the arguments of his opponents against them" (Peter Harrison in Oxford DNB). Warburton ostensibly took no notice of Morgan's book, and when Morgan the year after his Brief Examination was published, Warburton wrote to the clergyman Thomas Birch to say, "I live in peace, now that the redoubtable Dr. Morgan is dead." Warburton, who edited Alexander Pope's works for a collected edition in 1751, seems to have persuaded Pope to include Morgan as one of the Dunces in The Dunciad. Reviving a text that he had used in his Divine Legation of Moses, Warburton in his edition of Pope commented, "A writer against religion, distinguished no otherwise from the rabble of his tribe than the pompousness of his title; for, having stolen his morality from Tindal and his philosophy from Spinoza, he calls himself, by the courtesy of England, a Moral Philosopher." See Jan van der Berg's note, "'Morgan and Mandevil could Prate no More,' Pope's Dunciad, II, 414," Notes and Queries (2009).