DescriptionMatthew Prior & Charles Montagu, Earl of Halifax. The Hind and the Panther transvers'd to the Story of the Country-Mouse and the City-Mouse. London: W. Davis, 1687. Krown & Spellman retail: $300. First Edition. 4to. A2-4 [lacks first black], B-D4, E2. ,28pp. Disbound, t.p. with minor chipping at fore-edge, t.p. loose, minor upper margin pinworm holes, paper toned. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
Prior, Matthew 1664-1721, poet and diplomatist.
"Prior seems to have spent most of this period (1687-90) as tutor to the two sons of the earl of Exeter at Burleigh and as a fellow at St John's College. In his poems of these years there is an increasing sense that poetry is not his mŽtier and that politics might be, if he were given an opportunity to serve in that sphere. The Hind and the Panther Transvers'd (1687), written in collaboration with Charles Montagu, was a satiric attack on Dryden's The Hind and the Panther, out less than two months earlier, and won instant public acclaim for both Montagu and Prior. "[ODNB]Montagu, Charles, earl of Halifax (1661-1715), politician."In 1687 he joined with Matthew Prior to write a parody of John Dryden's Hind and the panther, entitled The hind and the panther travers'd to the story of the country mouse and the city mouse, in which a mouse was substituted for the hind, and which earned him the nickname Mouse Montagu."[ODNB] Wing P3511. ESTC r14177. Rothschild 1671. Grolier, Wither to Prior 688. MacDonald 241a.
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