Item #49332 An ESSAY On WOMAN, by J. Wilkes, Esq. . Murray Wilkes, Fanny - Subject, ohn. 1725 - 1797, 1729 - 1778.

An ESSAY On WOMAN, by J. Wilkes, Esq.

Aberdeen [Stuttgart?]: Printed for James Hay, and Sold by all Booksellers in Town and Country, 1788 [1872]. 1st printing thus. 23, [1] pp. "The Maid's Prayer", p. 24. Printer's ornament to t.p. 12mo. 7" x 4-5/8". Lacks wrappers [remnants along spine fold], now housed in an archival mylar sleeve. Some general wear & soiling to outer leaves, Very Good. Item #49332

Wilkes "was a British radical, journalist and politician. This publication 'a pornographic poem dedicated to the courtesan Fanny Murray, and a parody of Alexander Pope's 'An Essay on Man'.

Fanny Murray, née Fanny Rudman and later Fanny Ross, was an 18th-century English courtesan, mistress to John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich and dedicatee of the fateful Essay on Woman (1763) that led to the downfall of John Wilkes." [Wiki].

Per OCLC's entry, "A spurious version of Wilke's burlesque of Pope's Essay on Man; no copy of the original is known. Begins: Awake my Sandwich, leave all meaner joys ... On p. 18 "Book VI." is a misprint for Book IV, indicating this is one of 100 copies reprinted in Stuttgart by J. Scheible in 1872 (NUC NE 0174383)."

Price: $375.00