[Armstrong, John] : Of Benevolence: An Epistle to Eumenes


 

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London, For A Millar, 1751, 1st Edition. Hardcover, 4to 11" - 13" tall, [4] 11pp. Bound in modern paper covered boards, half-title present, text clean and bright, engraved head and tail pieces.

John Armstrong (1706-1758) was a doctor and poet who is most famous for his work 'Oeconomy of Love', a glowingly explicit sex manual in blank verse, was published anonymously in 1736. It is said that his medical practice suffered whern his authorship was revealed but the book was the most reprinted work of the 18th century and Armstrong died a wealthy man. Armstrong was friends with the writers Tobias Smollet and James Thomson, contributing four stanzas to Thomson's Castle of Indolence (1748). This work, an epistle in rhyming couplets, is addressed to an unidentified Eumenes in gratitude for that gentleman's endeavours to do the author some (unspecified) service.

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