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Templeman, James; Miles Sapman, ed. Gilbert, an amatory rural poem, in eight cantos. London: Sherwood, Neely, & Jones (pr. by C. Whittingham), 1809. 12mo (14.8 cm, 5.82"). , xxxv, , 107,  pp.; 8 plts. $150.00
Scarce pastoral poetry, printed by Charles Whittingham. While the title piece was originally published in the previous year, this appears to be the first edition with Sapman's revisions and with the additional poems "The Story of Ancient Pluto," "The Gods' Revenge; or, the Trial of Cupid," and "The Winter Hermit." The front cover label gives "Rural Tales & Poems, in Imitation of Bloomfield," although only one institution (Yale) records the work by that title, while most other institutional holdings are given under the main title as here. A second volume, not present, followed in 1810 (containing "Alcander and Lavinia," "Farmer Hobson," and miscellaneous pieces).
This text is illustrated with eight finely rendered wood-engraved plates by R. Austin; in this copy, all except the frontispiece are bound in between the introduction and the first poem. Miles Sapman supplied the lengthy introduction in which much praise of "Gilbert" is sung and a number of defenses against criticism are offered. Curiously, Sapman appears to be something of a mystery (neither WorldCat nor Google find any other literary efforts under that name), as does Templeman himself — perhaps both were pseudonyms disguising one person! Whoever was responsible, this work is now uncommon; WorldCat reports only six U.S. libraries reporting ownership.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabels ("AHA") at rear.
Not in NCBEL. Contemporary plain brown paper–covered boards with lighter paper shelfback of later date and front cover with printed paper label as above; binding moderately scuffed and darkened. Back pastedown with bookplate as above and with small "Dupl." rubber-stamp not clearly showing whose. Some signatures roughly opened; occasional small spots of foxing. => A solid copy of this literary curiosity, with all plates and in its original binding. (40570) Please RESHELVE This.
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