The transport. An ode. By Mr Mitchel, S.T.S., Anno Dom. 1718

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      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS Lt 59
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      1 vol. (8 ff.) Sewn in contemporary marbled-paper wrappers, much of the back wrapper being torn away. Signed Jos Mitchell on f.3r; text, ff.4r-7r; ff.1, 2v, 3v, 7v and 8 are blank.

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Religious poem, ecstatic imagined vision of the bliss of heaven, longing for death to take him there. Addressed in a preceding prose dedication (dated "Brunsfield [Bruntsfield, Edinburgh?] August 5,1718") to Mrs Jean Warrander, and provided on the title page with an epigraph from Isaac Watts's Horae Lyricae.

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Joseph Mitchell, 1684-1738, was the son of a Scottish stonemason. Educated in Scotland, he settled in London under the patronage of Sir Robert Walpole. He was the author of dramas, lyrics and occasional verse, but was frequently engaged in disputes with other literary figures of the time, including Cibber and Thomson

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Bought from Quaritch (Sotheby), November 1981


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