An Essay on Virgil’s Celebrated Gates of Sleep. Containing besides a very particular Enquiry into this Intricate subject, as well as into Homer’s similar Gates, a solution of Virgil’s Falso damnati crimine mortis; and at the close of it a true key to the Aeneis.

London: Printed for J. Robinson at the Golden-Lyon in Ludgate-street, MDCCXLIII [1743]. Small 4to, [2], 105, [1]pp. A-N4, O2. Marbled wrappers, red speckled text block, slight rubbing to wrappers and joints. First edition. An early work by the English minister Theodore Delafaye (c.1703-1772), later the rector of the United Parishes of St. Mildreds and All-Saints, in the City of Canterbury. An examination of false visions inspired by Book 6 of Virgil’s Aeneid and his description of the two gates through which true and false dreams pass: “Two gates the silent house of Sleep adorn; / Of polish'd ivory this, that of transparent horn: / True visions thro' transparent horn arise; / Thro' polish'd ivory pass deluding lies”. ESTC T4346. Item #105928

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