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London: A Poem and The Vanity of Human Wishes. with an introductory essay by T. S. Eliot (Haslewood Books.)


First Edition; printed at the Chiswick Press & published in the 'Haslewood Books' series in a limited edition of 450 numbered copies of which this is number 407 (the first 150 copies were signed by Eliot); black titles on paper label to front board. In 1738 Johnson composed the verse satire 'London', his first imitation of Juvenal's poetry. Johnson's 'London' is concerned primarily with political issues, especially those surrounding the Walpole administration. Johnson's second imitation of Juvenal, 'The Vanity of Human Wishes', emphasizes philosophy over politics.