[London: Richard Carlile, ca. 1822?]. Second edition, preceded by an undated 1819 single sheet printing. 8vo, removed pamphlet (retaining the original printed drab wrappers), 4 pages. Wrappers somewhat darkened and a bit worn, with some chipping and loosening along the spine (and notching from its removal from a nonce volume); a good, sound copy. Item #15220
Uncommon and somewhat deist free-thought verses (with perhaps a hint of metempsychosis) arguing against the existence of heaven or hell, evidently first published in 1819 by Carlile and then republised in Carlile's radical journal The Republican on May 17, 1822 (vol. 5, no. 20), with the editorial note, "These verses were published on a sheet by Mr. Carlile for the Author, who gave his name as Captain Bosquet, of the Navy, and called his publication the Bosquetian Creed, in the summer of 1819. Then, as now, we entertained but a light opinion of them, on the ground that we consider them as calculated to keep up a foolish and unfounded notion about a soul being something distinct from the body. The soul is a creature of the imagination, and has no existence beyond that sphere if it expresses any thing more than animal life. . . . P. S. It is our intention to exclude all Poetry from the future pages of 'The Republican,' unless it be something very superior in its powers of instruction. We are among those who do not think it any ornament to common sense, and bad Poetry is calculated to spoil it!" One Abraham Bosquet (or Bosquett--it seems spelled promiscuously either way) did publish in 1818 the work A series of essays on several most important new systems and inventions, particularly interesting to the mercantile and maritime world, ship-builders, underwriters, mariners, and all seafaring men, &c.&c., a novel system of casks as life-saving devices which seems sufficiently maritime so as to suggest some connection, though that Bosquett OCLC appears to note two locations of the folio publication (both at the British Library) and three locations (all in the UK: Manchester, British Library and Oxford) for this pamphlet edition, with attributed publication dates ranging from 1820 to 1850.