The Devil's walk ; a poem. By Professor Porson. Edited with a biographical memoir and notes, by H. W. Montagu, author of Montmorency Poems, &c. &c. &c. Illustrated with beautiful engravings on wood by Bonner and Slader, after the designs of Robert Cruikshank.
|Main Author:||Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, 1772-1834.|
|Related Names:||Montagu, H. W. , Slader, Samuel M. , Bonner, G. W. 1796-1836, Porson, Richard 1759-1808., Cruikshank, Robert 1789-1856., Bentley, Samuel 1785-1868., Southey, Robert 1774-1843.|
London : Marsh and Miller, Oxford Street. And Constable and Co., Edinburgh .
Illustrations: 6 wood engravings, including: -- "From his brimstone bed at break of day," p. [ii], depicting the Devil, seated and reading the newspaper, getting a haircut from a demon. -- "And backwards and forwards he switch'd his long tail, As a gentleman switches his cane," p. , depicting the Devil walking toward London, dressed like a gentleman. -- "He saw a Lawyer killing a viper, On a dunghill beside his own stable," p. , depicting the Devil watching a lawyer attack a snake with a stick, in front of a stable. -- "He saw a Pothecary, on a white horse, Ride by on his avocations," p. , depicting the Devil watching a skeleton dressed as an apothecary and riding a horse. -- "As he passed by Cold Bath Fields, he saw A solitary cell.--", p. , depicting the Devil inside a jail cell with two suffering prisoners. -- "He saw a certain Minister -- (a Minister to his mind) Go into a certain house -- with a majority behind," p. , depicting the Devil watching the Prime Minister enter the House of Lords; the King and nobles watch from an adjoining room.
First published in the Morning Post, 6 Sep 1799, under the title "The Devil's Thoughts."
The preface is a biographical memoir of Porson, who is erroneously identified as the author. In truth, Southey wrote the first three stanzas, and the stanza on the "Cold-Bath-Prison"; the rest was written by Coleridge (cf. Coleridge letter to H. W. Montagu, April 1830 [#1686 in Griggs]).
Publisher's advertisements: p. [34-36].
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Printer's imprint: "London: Printed by Samuel Bentley, Dorset-street, Fleet-street."
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