MONTGOMERY, Robert. The Omnipresence of the Deity. A Poem … Second Edition, revised and enlarged. London: Printed for Samuel Maunder … 1828.
12mo (204 × 131 mm), pp. xii, 203, [1]; some light spotting, browning from silk ribbon inserted between pp. x and xi, uncut in the original drab boards, rubbed, joints cracked but firm, spine worn at head and tail; early ink inscription to front pastedown; later booklabel of John Sparrow.
Second edition. ‘During the brief interval that has elapsed between the first and the second edition, the Author has carefully revised the Poem; and trusts that, in its present state, it will be found more deserving that welcome which the Public were pleased to greet its first introduction into the world’ (Advertisement). First published earlier in 1828, with a dedication to William Howley, the Bishop of London, this was the work which established Montgomery’s (1807–1855) reputation. An immediate success, it was ‘extravagantly praised by a number of influential writers including Crabbe, Southey, and John Wilson, and within a year the poem had gone through eight editions’ (Oxford DNB).
Jackson, p. 538.
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