PRINCE ARTHUR. AN HEROICK POEM. In Ten Books
PRINCE ARTHUR. AN HEROICK POEM. In Ten Books
PRINCE ARTHUR. AN HEROICK POEM. In Ten Books

PRINCE ARTHUR. AN HEROICK POEM. In Ten Books

(London: Awnsham and John Churchil, 1695).

FIRST EDITION OF SIR RICHARD BLACKMORE’S EPIC POEM OF THE ARTHURIAN LEGEND.
Blackmore was the personal physician to both William III and to Queen Anne, but these important duties did not stop him from being a prolific and popular writer. The author says this work, arguably his best, was written “for the greatest part in coffee-houses” during what free time and precious moments of leisure his career permitted him.
The poem begins with Arthur returning to England to claim his throne after the Saxon overthrow of Uther. It tells of Lucifer’s attempt to defeat Arthur’s purpose and serves like an analysis of the development of Christianity in Northern Europe. The final telling of the combat between Tollo and Arthur for the hand of Ethelina, and thus the control of the Kingdom is highly climactic.
The work found a great admirer in Dr. Johnson who replied to John Dennis’ biting criticism of it with by stating that Dennis was "more tedious and disgusting than the work he condemns." Johnson would later write a “Life of Blackmore”. The work won the equal admiration of John Locke. Blackmore found a large audience with this poem, enough so that the second and third editions were all done within this same year. See DNB. Item #26228

First Edition. Folio (320 x 205mm), in contemporary full speckled calf, the boards with a central panel design featuring a roll tooled frame in blind using a design of tulips and with large floral cornerpieces in blind, the spine with richly gilt paneled and lined compartments between raised bands, one compartment with a red morocco lettering label and with multiple rules in gilt. [xx], 296. A very pleasing, fresh, crisp and unpressed copy in a handsome period binding. The binding very attractive and well preserved with just light aging or evidence of shelving at the extremities, hinges tight and strong, a couple of joints with just light cracks.

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