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Book Description
Hermas was edited and published after the author’s death, and at his request, by William Hilton, whose introduction conveys a sense of duty rather than enthusiasm for the task. It is a substantial work - ca. 15,000 lines - its heroic couplets inspired by Young’s Night Thoughts and Harvey’s Meditations. His shepherd’s speak ‘in a style, familiar, plain and simple ... an humble imitation of the earliest stages of the world, when sages and philosophers were companions of shepherds’ (p. v). Given the circumstances under which it was published Hermas is unsurprisingly rare, OCLC locating three copies in North America, at the Lilly libary, Minnesota and the Newberry library, and copies in the UK at the BL, Cambridge, Bodleian, NLS and three in Newcastle libraries.
Author SPENCER, John.
Date 1772
Binding in late eighteenth century marbled boards, rebacked, some rubbing to boards, but still an appealing copy.
Publisher Newcastle Upon Tyne: Printed by T. Saint.
Condition Two volumes, 8vo, pp. [vi], xiv, 225, [1] blank; [ii], 374; some foxing, alittle stronger in places, but generally clean throughout;

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