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The History of Pompey the Little by Francis Coventry with Manuscript Notes
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"The History of Pompey the Little" by Francis Coventry with Manuscript Notes

"The History of Pompey the Little: or, The Life and Adventures of a Lap-Dog" by Francis Coventry. London: M. Cooper, 1751. Second Edition. Eighteenmo, viii, 272pp. With a frontispiece of the dog Pompey. Brown leather-bound with five raised bands, a red title label, and gilt lettering and embellishments at the spine. The book has been signed by the previous owner "Ezra Wilkinson" and has several interesting notations written on the front free endpapers. With wear, rubbing, and scratching to the covers. Spine is well preserved. Toning and foxing, with a few minor spots of soiling to the internal pages. Overall very good. The notations read:

"This entitled, second edition, 1751. It would seem the First Edition was published the same year. The Editions as given by Lowndes were 1751, 1761, 1773, 1800. The work is highly praised in Monthly Review Reb. 1751. Mrs. Theale called Pompey the Little 'a droll book.' 2 John. Letters/82."

"The Gentleman breathes throughout the whole performance, & the vein of pleasantry is everywhere evenly upheld from the beginning to the end." -"All his characters are natural. His language easy & genteel. 4 Month. Rev. 316."

"The author of this work was the Rev. Francis Coventry. He died 1759. He published a poem, Penshurst, in 1750, which was republished in Dodsley's Collection Vol. 4, p. 54. He was also the author of a paper in The World entitled Absurdities of Modern Gardening. An Ode to Wilmont Vaughan in Wales. Dods. Col. Vol. 4, p. 67. - He died of smallpox."

Francis Coventry (1725–1759) was an English cleric and novelist, best known for his book "The History of Pompey the Little", which was a satirical romance. He also published "Penshurst, a poem, inscribed to William Perry, esq., and the Hon. Mrs. Elizabeth Perry" as well as " Strictures on the Absurd Novelties introduced in Gardening."

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"The History of Pompey the Little" by Francis Coventry with Manuscript Notes

"The History of Pompey the Little: or, The Life and Adventures of a Lap-Dog" by Francis Coventry. London: M. Cooper, 1751. Second Edition. Eighteenmo, viii, 272pp. With a frontispiece of the dog Pompey. Brown leather-bound with five raised bands, a red title label, and gilt lettering and embellishments at the spine. The book has been signed by the previous owner "Ezra Wilkinson" and has several interesting notations written on the front free endpapers. With wear, rubbing, and scratching to the covers. Spine is well preserved. Toning and foxing, with a few minor spots of soiling to the internal pages. Overall very good. The notations read:

"This entitled, second edition, 1751. It would seem the First Edition was published the same year. The Editions as given by Lowndes were 1751, 1761, 1773, 1800. The work is highly praised in Monthly Review Reb. 1751. Mrs. Theale called Pompey the Little 'a droll book.' 2 John. Letters/82."

"The Gentleman breathes throughout the whole performance, & the vein of pleasantry is everywhere evenly upheld from the beginning to the end." -"All his characters are natural. His language easy & genteel. 4 Month. Rev. 316."

"The author of this work was the Rev. Francis Coventry. He died 1759. He published a poem, Penshurst, in 1750, which was republished in Dodsley's Collection Vol. 4, p. 54. He was also the author of a paper in The World entitled Absurdities of Modern Gardening. An Ode to Wilmont Vaughan in Wales. Dods. Col. Vol. 4, p. 67. - He died of smallpox."

Francis Coventry (1725–1759) was an English cleric and novelist, best known for his book "The History of Pompey the Little", which was a satirical romance. He also published "Penshurst, a poem, inscribed to William Perry, esq., and the Hon. Mrs. Elizabeth Perry" as well as " Strictures on the Absurd Novelties introduced in Gardening."

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.

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