Poems on Several Occasions. MARY BARBER.
Poems on Several Occasions.
Poems on Several Occasions.
Poems on Several Occasions.

The Only Book by Irish Poet Mary Barber - "The Best Poetess of Both Kingdoms"

Poems on Several Occasions.

Place and Imprint: London: Printed for C. Rivington, 1734.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: ESTC T42622; Foxon, page 45; Teerink 747; Sale, Samuel Richardson, Master Printer, 135; Lonsdale, Eighteenth-Century Women Poets, pages 118-129.
Condition: Stain in the lower outer margin of the first nine leaves; very good copy.
Book ID: 28692

Physical Description

4to, contemporary English calf rebacked with a new spine and brown morocco spine label, contemporary marbled paper endpapers, gilt lettering.


The only book by the Irish poet Mary Barber (1685-1755), whose first published poem written on behalf of a destitute woman, received the attention of the early 18th century Dublin literati, including Jonathan Swift, who became a friend and supporter and once stated that she was "the best Poetess of both Kingdoms" - Lonsdale. This collection of more than 125 poems includes two poems by Constanina Grierson, one poem by Elizabeth Rowe and a six-page dedication to the Earl of Orrery by Jonathan Swift. The 14-page list of subscribers includes Swift (10 copies), Alexander Pope and Samuel Richardson, the latter who printed the volume in a handsome, large quarto format, with a lavish use of his famous printers' devices. Among the poems are several epigrams, e.g.: "Swift for the Antients has argu'd so well, / 'Tis apparent from Thence, that the moderns excel." Contemporary bookplate on the front pastedown and repeated on the verso of the front free endpaper of William Perceval. Initials "W. P. C.X.21" on the title-page.

Price: $950.00

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