The Birth of the Muse. A Poem. To the Right Honourable Charles Montague, Chancellour of the Exchequer.
Place and Imprint: London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, 1698.
Edition: First and only edition.
Bibliographical References: ESTC R29682; Wing C5845; NCBEL II, 751.
Condition: Very good copy.
Book ID: 20055
Physical DescriptionFolio, full brown calf by Riviere, brown morocco label, gilt lettering, t.e.g.
CommentsA nine-page poem that obliquely praises Charles Montague, Chancellor of the Exchequer, who as Congreve's patron, was responsible for getting the poet-playwright cushy government posts such as a commissioner of the malt lottery, licensing hackney coaches and approving wine licenses. See the ODNB. The outer margins of three leaves are trimmed closely, while the outer margins of the other three leaves are almost full, giving the impression that when the sheets were washed by Riviere, they trimmed away fraying or badly soiled edges on three margins.
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