[MATTHEWS, John]. Eloisa en Dishabille: being a new Version of that Lady’s celebrated Epistle to Abelard. Ascribed to Professor Porson … London: Printed [by W. Hughes] in the Year MDCCCXXII [1822].
8vo (192 × 120 mm), pp. [5], [6]–25 (each accounting for two pages, numbered twice across a double-page spread), 26–27, [1]; some light marginal browning; early Roxburghe style binding, rubbed, corners worn.
‘Only fifty copies printed.’ First published anonymously in 1780, Matthews’ parody of Pope’s Eloisa to Abelard, which enjoyed a number of reprints, was for a long time attributed to Richard Porson, Professor of Greek at Cambridge. In the present edition, Pope’s original poem is printed on the rectos facing Matthews’s text, hence the unusual pagination.
Jackson, p. 480.
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