CHARON;| OR, THE| FERRY-BOAT.| A| VISION.| Dedicated to the| Swiss COUNT----| [rule]| Curæ non ipsa in Morte relinquunt. Virg.| [rule]| LONDON,| Printed And Sold by W. Lewis near Covent-Garden,| J. Brotherton and W. Meadows at the Black-Bull in| Cornhill, J. Roberts in Warwick-Lane, and A. Dodd at| the Peacock without Temple-Bar. 1719. [[!]Price 6 d.]
half-title/ titlepage/  pp. dedication: "To the Swiss Count---- [i.e. Heidegger]"/ p.-26.
Title: "a Vision" - 1729: "Novel".
|a||Charon or The Ferry-Boat a Vision (London: W. Lewis/ J. Brotherton/ W. Meadows/ J. Roberts/ A. Dodd, 1719).|
|b||in: A Select Collection of Novels in Six Volumes (1729).|
Traditional satire following de Quevedo's pattern: Mercure assists the ferryman who transports his passengers into the underworld; everyone tries to smuggle his dearest things from this world into the nex. Eventually there is enough room on board for a man in symbolic costume, a starry coat, diadem, signs of honour which as achieved with integrity death cannot take. Dedicated to the opera house's manager Heidegger, whose worth is enlarged by the fact that he is the owner of all the stage costumes and requisits - a satirical praise provided by the the theatrum-mundi-metaphor. A special vision - "H---d---r's FOLLY", - shows him with his actors, musicians and stage workers errecting a theatre in the Elysian fields - a single gust of wind sweeps the project away.