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Consolation to Mira Mourning A Poem Discovering a Certain Governor's Intreigue with a Lady at His Court

By Unknown

1710

Printed and Sold by the Booksellers of London and Westminster : London

7" by 4.5"

16pp

 

 

 

DETAILS

A very scarce first edition of this unusual poem, penned by an unknown eighteenth century poet. The work is a political allegory, exploring the speaker Calidor's attempts to woo Mira.

Calidor, the speaker is intrigued by Mira, a female who is in mourning as her suiter Candor has recently been killed by Calidor. She is also mourning the absence of her friend Sacer, whom has recently been imprisoned by Calidor. Calidor compares himself favourably to Candor and says that despite his death 'There yet Ramins a Lover who for You/ Shall all that's in his power ever do.' He promises to leave Amalea Calidor as he caused her bereavement, 'That since of Candor I Did you bereave,/ Amalea Calidor to you thou'd Leave'. Calidor describes his life in court, and his service to Serena, of Alba, likely to be Queen Anne. He promises that if Mira were to choose him, he would leave his active service. It has been suggested that Calidor could be associated with a range of eighteenth century courtiers, one of whom being Thomas, first Earl of Wharton. The author of this work is unknown. It has been attributed to Matthew Prior and Elkanah Settle. However, most recent scholars refute the claims that this is the work of Prior and feel that Settle is also an unlikely candidate. Foxon C384. An intriguing and uncommon poem. Collated, complete.

CONDITION

In a half calf binding with marbled paper boards. Externally, smart with patches of rubbing to the paper covered boards. Externally, bumped to the extremities and to the head and tail of spine. Prior owner's bookplate to the front pastdown, H Croydon Roberts. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are closely cropped at the top of pages. Pages are generally bright with just the odd spots.

Overall Condition: Very Good Indeed

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