Miscellaneous Pieces, in Prose. By J. and A. L. Aikin. [Bound with:] [Barbauld, Anna Laetitia]. Devotional Pieces, Compiled from the Psalms and the Book of Job: To Which are Prefixed, Thoughts on the Devotional Taste, on Sects and on Establishments.

Publisher: Belfast: Printed by James Magee, 1774 [and] London: Printed for J. Johnson, 1775.
Edition: First Dublin edition of Miscellaneous Pieces (first published in London by Johnson in 1773); first and only edition of Devotional Pieces.
Bibliographical References: NCBEL II, 639 & Rothschild 18 (Miscellaneous Pieces); ESTC T101659 for Devotional Pieces, which is not found in NCBEL.
Condition: Edges a little worn; some light foxing to the prelims; very good copy.
Book ID: 27954


2 vols in 1, 8vo, contemporary calf, dark red morocco spine label, gilt lettering.


Two interesting and scarce works by Anna Laetitia Barbauld, bound together. Miscellaneous Pieces is a collection of ten essays, six by Anna and four by her brother John, though they are unsigned. They include her writings on novels, monastic institutions, "Inconsistency in our Expectations," and "An Enquiry into those Kinds of Distress which Excite Agreeable Sensations; with a Tale." Devotional Pieces is solely by Anna and consists of her essay "On Devotional Taste" in which she argues that devotion is a taste or sensation, followed by a re-working of the Psalms.

Price: $800.00