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The red-breast, a tale

Author [Anon]
Title The red-breast, a tale
Imprint [Edinburgh?: s.n.]
Date of Publication 1787?
Language English
Notes This is an unrecorded printing of a mock erotic poem, dated at the end 'Edinburgh, 1787'. The less than polished nature of the printing suggests that the item was printed on a private press where the amateur printer had limited typefaces to hand and did not correct the errata at proof stage. The poem is prefaced by quotes from James Thomson's "Seasons" (Winter) and his "Castle of Indolence", and is written in the overwrought style of a contemporary love poem. The main content of the poem itself concerns a 'robin' creeping into a bedroom where 'Miss Fanny' is sleeping in a chair. The robin hops up to between her legs and leaps up with "hopes of bliss" only for Fanny to wake and tear him from his 'nest' and dash him lifeless to the floor.
Shelfmark AP.1.217.27
Reference Sources Bookseller's notes
Acquired on 07/04/17
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