London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, 1704. First edition. 8vo, 19th century half calf, marbled boards, gilt spine, black morocco spine label, gilt lettering, , 616,  pages. Engraved frontispiece. Some light rubbing and sunning and light scatterd foxing; in very good condition. Item #18872
“A Stranger to the looser Joys of Love, / My Thoughts alone the Warmth of Friendship prove.” A miscellany including the likes of Dryden, Congreve, and Addison, with seven pieces from the pen of Elizabeth Singer (1674-1737), evidently placed with the help of Prior, who was doing his utmost to court Singer; by all accounts, Prior and Singer had a moderately contentious courtship, largely it seems because of Prior’s attempts to shock Singer: “He insulted her religion and sent her his obscene reworking of the Baucus and Philemon myth, The Ladle [included here], and then nudged her to comment on it” (Backschneider, Elizabeth Singer Rowe and the Development of the English Novel). An unsigned address to Singer from Prior is also collected here; Singer would eventually marry the editor Thomas Rowe in 1710. This miscellany also includes recipes in verse for posset and for oatmeal pudding. Case, Bibliography of English Poetical Miscellanies 1521-1750, 172 (5) (a). Early ink signature to the title page; later bookplate of Christopher Harrison on the front paste-down. Bound without a blank, but half-title present. Engraving trimmed a trifle close, touching the image at the lower edge.