POTTER, Robert (1721-1804)
Retirement: An Epistle
London: Paul Vaillant, 1748. Quarto. 23, pp. Publisher's ad on verso of the terminal leaf. Trimmed close touching some letters at fore-edge.
A work of poetry criticizing avarice, sycophancy, pedantry, among other issues.
Robert Potter was an English clergyman of the Church of England, a writer, and a translator. He graduated from Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in 1742 and in the same year was ordained. As a writer, he published works in various forms, including poetry, sermons, pamphlets, translations, and literary criticism. He is perhaps best remembered for his annotated English translations of Greek tragedies in blank verse, especially Aeschylus (1777), which went through seven editions. Potter's use of blank verse for Greek hexameters and rhymed verse for the choruses was widely adopted by other translators. Potter gained a literary reputation among the Norfolk gentry and their patronage to publish his poetry, including this work, which was carried in English coffeehouses at the time.
ESTC T44844; Foxon P1006.