BY A POET-PHYSICIAN
[ALEXANDER, Disney]. Horae poeticae, or Poems, with Notes. By a retired Physician …
[Colophon: Rowland Hurst, Printer, Wakefield.] London: Simpkin, Marshall, and Co. 1837.  1837
8vo (212 ×128 mm) in half-sheets, pp. xii, [2], 177, [7]; some light offsetting, else a nice, crisp copy, uncut in contemporary brown vermiform cloth, roan spine label decorated gilt (possibly a [provincial?] publisher’s binding; it is certainly unusual), joints worn but sound, a few short tears to spine, sunned; canting armorial bookplate of nineteenth-century physician Charles Rooke to front pastedown.
First (and apparently only) edition, rare. ‘The Profits (if any) arising from the Sale of this Volume, will be divided equally between the Wakefield and Horbury Infant Schools.’

The author, formerly a physician in Wakefield, prefaces the work with a discussion of the nature and purpose of poetry and covers such subjects as the death of Rousseau, the poetry of Byron, a ‘Village Jubilee’, and a recent local election. Alexander delivered that same year ‘a course of eight lectures on Phrenology, in connexion with the Drama, and illustrative of the powers and operations of the human mind, in a state of health and disease’ in Huddersfield (The Bradford Observer, 2 Nov. 1837, p. 320). He is also credited with authoring Reasons for Methodism (Halifax, 1793, and later editions), A Treatise on the Nature and Cure of the Cynanche trachealis, commonly called the Croup (Huddersfield, 1794), and Christian Holiness illustrated and enforced (John Fawcett’s Ewood Hall press, 1800).
Johnson, p. 9; not in Jackson. COPAC locate 4 copies only (BL, Bodley, Manchester, York Minster).
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