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BLOOMFIELD, Nathaniel. An Essay On War, in blank verse : Honnington Green, a ballad : The Culprit, an elegy : and other poems on various subjects. , Gedge, Bury [St Edmonds] for Hurst, and Vernor & Hood, 1803.

First Edition, publisher's-style contemporary half straight-grain maroon roan lettered in gilt. Text a little darkened. With engraved frontispiece : without half-title. Very good copy of a scarce & fragile little book. Scarce : only title by Robert Bloomfield's brother Nathaniel, who worked in London as a taylor. Small book [6.25 x 4 ins] printed locally by Gedge in Bury St Edmunds 'at his own risque', no doubt in tiny numbers : a 2nd Edition was issued a mere 10 days later. With long discursive intro on the Bloomfield family by Capel Lofft, Robert Bloomfield's principal patron. Nathaniel, a taylor, feared that 'although the Muse can visit a Shepherd's Boy [ie. Robert Bloomfield] there may be some employments which exclude her influence. That a Taylor should be a Poet might appear too startling an assertion'. But Capel Lofft 'prevailed, notwithstanding, that this word [a Taylor], whose anti-poetic influence is so dreaded, should be in the book'. Nathaniel Bloomfield's only publication. (Book ref. 3360 )  £ 165.00

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