An Ambitious Poem by a Nineteenth-Century Baltimore Lawyer Dimmock, Charles Henry (1831-1873). The Modern: A Fragment. Richmond, Published by J. W. Davies & Sons. 1866. 24pp. Octavo (8-3/4" x 5-3/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in self-wrappers. Light rubbing to extremities, moderate toning and foxing to text, binding stitch broke, several leaves loose, small library stamp to foot of final page. $300. * Dimmock was originally an army officer and civil engineer. Changing careers, he had read law in Baltimore and established a practice there in 1860. The Modern is a grandiose, highly learned, poetic meditation on the loss of taste, manners and beauty as "the world progresses in the application of science and the elimination of the useful from the mechanic arts" (Preface). OCLC locates 20 copies, none in law libraries.
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