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Infancy, or The management of children: a didactic poem in four books. 4th edition.

Author Downman, Hugh.
Title Infancy, or The management of children: a didactic poem in four books. 4th edition.
Imprint Edinburgh: Printed for John Bell,
Date of Publication 1788
Language English
Notes Hugh Downman (1740-1809) a West Country physician and poet studied medicine as a young man in Edinburgh, staying at the house of the blind poet and orator Thomas Blacklock. He seems to have maintained a link with the city by having editions of this, his best known poem, published in Edinburgh. Downman was well known as a presenter of copies of his books to friends and wider acquaintances. This copy contains a presentation inscription in the author's hand to the leading 18th-century tragic actress Sarah Siddons (1755-1831) and a gushing manuscript poem entitled 'To Mrs Siddons' which begins with the line 'To praise those wondrous talents wch. command'.
Shelfmark AB.1.217.85
Reference Sources Bookseller's notes
Acquired on 16/12/16
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