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    Pack, Richardson. Miscellanies in Verse and Prose. The Second Edition. London: for E. Curll, 1719. Small 4to. A-B4,B4, C-2A4.[8],vi, [2], 64, 63-126, [3], 140-158, [2], 159-190. Full old calf, rebacked, gilt ruling, corners worn. Banded spine with stamp decoration and gilt lettering. Red speckled edges. Browning. Engraved printer's device, elaborate head and tail pieces. Second edition.
    Pack, Richardson (1682-1728), army officer and writer. "It was during the last nine years of his life that Pack's work began to be published. He admired the Roman elegiac poets, translating their poems, and three of their lives from the Latin of Cornelius Nepos: T. P. Atticus, Miltiades, and Cimon; he was too indolent to do more as he intended. The three lives appeared in his Miscellanies in Prose and Verse (1719); for the second set the same year he added two "essays on study and conversation" in letters to David Campbell. Both were printed at Dublin in 1726, and the year after his death his complete works appeared in one volume. Pack wrote a prologue to George Sewell's Tragedy of Sir Walter Raleigh and an epilogue to Thomas Southerne's Spartan Dame; Sewell responded with lines written on reading Pack's poems. He exchanged poems with Matthew Prior, and asked Prior to sit for his picture for him, and to ask Pope and Congreve to do the same." From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
    Krown & Spellman retail: $350


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