A poetical prospect of Whitehaven :
written in MDCCLII  /
by James Eyre Weeks, formerly of Trinity College Dublin.
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Whitehaven, Cumbria, England : printed by W. Masheder, 1752.
Pamphlet. On verso of title page is the dedication: 'To the worthy merchants of Whitehaven this prospect is most humbly dedicated by their most obedient and devoted servant, the author.' The poet mentions the local coal-works, with coal bound for 'grateful Hibernia'.
This engaging evocation of the site and mercantile activities of the Cumberland port could well be the first book printed there : Masheder, Whitehaven's first printer, seems to have been active from about 1752 (the earliest dated publication is 1756), and Weeks's work seems like the sort of poem with which a new printer would choose to open his business.
Physical description: [16 p. ; 17 cm.
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