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Individual Item Contents: WPRP 164

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Author

Alcock, Mary (ca.1741-1798).

Title

The Air balloon; or, flying mortal. A poem.

Imprint

London: Printed for E. Macklew, 1784.

Physical description

[4],7[1]p. 4 to. Disbound. Apparently translated from a French original.

Call number

WPRP 164 OVERSIZE

Citation

L only in ESTC, not in NUC. Jackson, Romantic Poetry by Women, p.5; Janet Todd, A Dictionary of British and American Women Writers, 1660-1800, p.29; Roger Lonsdale, Eighteenth-Century Women Poets, pp. 461-462.

Notes

Mary Alcock's mother was the daughter of classicist Richard Bentley, and her brother was Richard Cumberland, poet, novelist and dramatist. Alcock probably took some part in her brother's literary life and may have known his friends Garrick, Reynolds, Goldsmith, Foote and Sheridan. She married Archdeacon Alcock and after his death moved to Bath where she was a member of the Batheaston circle of Lady Anna Miller. She was an active philanthropist, but was hampered by a weak constitution. The Air Balloon was the only work published in her lifetime; a posthumous collection, Poems (edited by Joanna Hughes) was published in 1799, a year after she died.

Notice

Contains Advertisement.

Epigraph

none

Online copy

CU Digital Library

Contents

No Contents page. Includes:

THE AIR BALLOON; OR, FLYING MORTAL

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