Pastorals. After the simple manner of Theocritus. The second edition corrected.

  • Purney, Thomas
  • London: Printed by H. Parker, for J. Brown 1717
  • ESTC N11973; Foxon P1173.


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8vo, pp. 63, [1]. Modern marbled paper boards. Fore-edge cut close to sidenotes. Ownership inscription of ‘And. Stewart’, two short verses at the head of sections of the text perhaps in the same hand.


The rare second edition of these supposed imitations of Theocritus by Thomas Purney (1695-1380?), a poet and later prison chaplain in Newgate. More than the ancient sources, 'their closer model is the anti-classical, faintly Spenserian eclogues of Ambrose Philips, featuring English rural scenery, folklore, and dialect' (ODNB), though the preface excuses the 'rustick Stile' by comparison with the contemporary success of Scotch folk songs. The first edition is scarce and this second rather rarer, with ESTC locating just 3 copies (BL, Folger, UCLA).

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