A greatly enlarged version of Cross’s 1792 Parnassian Trifles, which also includes poems from his Insolvent debtor (Salisbury, 1793, of which ESTC records only the BL copy).more...
Cross acted at Covent Garden and the Haymarket before becoming part-proprietor and acting-manager of the Royal Circus. He published poems, songs, and theatrical pieces, and had some reputation as a writer of gothic drama. Many of his publications were broadsheets and songbooks..see full details
Epistle IV. To Mark Akenside, M.D. By the author of the three former Epistles of Aristippus. London : Printed for R. and J. Dodsley, 1758, pp. 16, including engraved half-title.
2 works bound together, 4to (256 × 190 mm), old stamped pagination to upper forecorners (pp. 188-248); light browning throughout; preserved in later marbled boards.
First editions of two innovative works ‘in a French metre introduced into English by Gilbert Cooper, in which octosyllabic couplets are interspersed irregularly among octosyllabic lines rhyming on different patterns’ (Oxford DNB). Both works have attractive engraved vignettes: the first a charming allegory by Charles Grignion after a design by Samuel Wale (who also provided a vignette for Cooper’s 1755, Letters concerning Taste); the second a whimsical calligraphic half-title (unsigned).
Apart from several influential (and often controversial) independent poetical and critical works Cooper was a regular contributor to The Museum (1746–7), the periodical published by Robert Dodsley and edited by Akenside; his contributions usually signed Philaretes. .see full details
John Clark, minister and poet and Joanna Turner, the latter the subject of this funeral sermon and elegiac poem, were members of the same Congregationalist community at Trowbridge in Wiltshire. Both came from prosperous families of clothiers and both had been Methodists. The community began with house meetings at Joanna Turner’s house before erecting a chapel in 1771 at the expense of her and her husband, Thomas. The chapel was extended several times; John Wesley preached there in 1780; and provision for a Sunday school was made in 1785. The title page of Self-Annihilation bears the note ‘If any profit should arise from the Sale hereof, it will be applied to the Use of the Sunday’s School established at Trowbridge.
‘Self-Annihilation’ denotes not self-destruction or suicide but the act of ‘making oneself nothing’ in the eyes of God, as in St Paul’s words ‘Though I be nothing’ (2 Corinthians 12)..see full details
First edition of the author’s first book of poetry (she had published Letters on the Improvment of the Mind anonymously in 1773).more...
Bluestocking friend of Samuel Richardson and Elizabeth Carter, she had also contributed to Johnson’s Rambler in 1750. The Miscellanies includes ‘Story of Fidelia’, a fictional autobiography of a fallen woman, which John Hawkesworth had published in three numbers of The Adventurer in 1753..see full details
First edition, in common with other copies described in ESTC, this copy has no half-title or list of subscribers.more...
Precepts for life (and after), with much sound conventional advice on ways to achieve domestic bliss. Cutts was evidently a member of the Bath and Batheaston circle, and Almeria was issued as a philanthropic fund-raiser..see full details
First edition of dramatist Richard Cumberland’s first play for the theatre written ‘after recently reading Conyers Middleton's biography of Cicero (1741).more...
The manuscript of the play, in the conventional five acts, was seen by Lord Halifax who recommended it to David Garrick for representation. Garrick politely declined the honour, and although the play was published in 1761 it was never staged’ (Oxford DNB)..see full details
The first poem, a long monody to the memory of Shenstone was dismissed as ‘incomprehensible’ by the Critical Review, though Monthly Review was more generous, calling Carr ‘a new candidate for the favour of the Muses.’ The sonnets include ‘On the Independence of America’ and the final Epistle entitled ‘Infidelity ... to a gentleman in Swisserland’ attacks Rousseau, Voltaire and Hume. The frontispiece is engraved after a painting by the author..see full details
The Bradley Martin copy of the first edition, second issue (a reissue of the Newcastle edition of the same year, with a new titlepage).more...
Dublin-born Cunningham intended to pursue a career as an actor in England, but turned to poetry in the 1760s and began gathering his works for a collective publication, encouraged by David Garrick.
‘His best efforts were in the poetry of landscape, and here he was influenced by current interests in the Gothic and the picturesque. In these respects Cunningham owes something to both the landscape poets and the graveyard school. His handling of rhyme and rhythm demonstrates his good ear, and in general his poetry, in reflecting popular taste, is clear and accessible’ (Oxford DNB)..see full details
An historical and descriptive Guide to Scarbrough and its Environs. York: Printed by W. Blanchard, for James Schofield, bookseller, in Scarborough; and sold by Mr. Richardson ... London; Mess. Todd, Frobisher, and Spence, York; Mess. Bell and Millson, Hull; Mr. Sanderson, Doncaster; Mr. Smith, Leeds; Mr. Edwards, Halifax; Mr. Hargrove, Harrogate; Mr. Clark, Whitby; and Mr. Sagg, bookseller, in Malton, [?1787].
2 works bound together, 8vo (210 × 130 mm), [The History of North-Allerton] pp. -88, without half-title; [Schofield] pp. 192; contemporary sprinkled calf, spine gilt with two red morocco labels; spine and corners worn, joints cracked.
First editions. According to ESTC The History of North-Allerton work is ‘variously attributed to Thomas Langdale, to James Langdale and to Miss A. Crosfield.’ The poetical portion of the work comes at the end, with Miss Crosfield's two poems, pp. 70-80, and a final poem 'Praise of Yorkshire ale. Written by Mr. Giles Morrington', pp.-88. Miss Crosfield does not appear in Foxon, Lonsdale or Todd A Dictionary of British and American Women Writers and certainly the bibliographers of verse by women seem to have missed her. She did not, however, escape the vigilance of Aubin in Topographical Poetry in XVIII-Century England (p. 89, 299) who records ‘A Description of the Castle Hills, near Northallerton. Written in the Year 1746’ as appearing in Town and Country Magazine., IX, 1777..see full details
Sole edition of Bowles’s contribution to the founding of the Philanthropic Society ‘.more...
.. instituted in September 1788, for the Prevention of Crimes, by seeking out, and training up to virtue and industry, the Children of the most abject and criminal among the vagrant and profligate Poor; — by these means more effectually to alleviate human misery, and to oppose the progress of vice’ (from the ‘Advertisement’). The Society (existing into the twentieth century as the Royal Philanthropic Society) was founded through discussions in the St Paul’s Coffee House and was a pioneering attempt to separate the problem of youth crime from its adult equivalent. Crime and reform was a cause of deep concern to Bowles, who had published Verses to John Howard, F.R.S. On His State of Prisons in the previous year..see full details
Sole edition, a poetical drama on the subject of the Norman Conquest.more...
‘This drama, as we are informed in the preface, was finished before Mr. Cumberland’s tragedy on the same subject was performed at Drury-Lane. Wishing to avoid a comparison with a dramatic veteran, Mr Boyce withheld his piece from the public for some years. Mr. Cumberland’s “Battle of Hastings” is certainly one of the worst tragedies in the English language. The Norman conquest of England in the reign of the unfortunate and criminal Harold forms a bad subject for a tragedy; and Mr. Boyce has also failed ...’ (English Review).
Boyce, a Norfolk-born clergyman was educated at Cambridge (Gonville and Caius College), matriculating in 1750. From 1780 until his death he was rector of Great Worlingham, Suffolk, and chaplain to the earl of Suffolk. Harold, which was never acted, is dedicated to Lady Beauchamp Proctor of Langley Park (Norfolk)..see full details
Sole edition of a poem on the love of Henry II and his mistress Rosamund Clifford (’Fair Rosamund’) with engraved title vignette by Ralph Beilby of Newcastle (Thomas Bewick’s first master).more...
‘Godstow is at present a Ruin on the Margin of the Isis, at a small distance from Oxford. It was formerly a House of Nuns, famous perhaps on no account so much as for having been the Burial-place of Rosamond, daughter of Lord Clifford, the beautiful Paramour of Henry the Second. This Monarch is said to have built a Labyrinth at Woodstock to conceal her from his jealous Queen, who, during his Absence, when he was called away by an unnatural Rebellion of his Sons, at the supposed Instigation of their Mother, found means to get Access to her, and compelled her to swallow Poison. Frequent Walks in this delightful Recess, sacred to the Moments of Contemplation, suggested the following Thoughts, for the Publication of which, let the alarming Progress of Lewdness, and consequently of Licentiousness of Manners, which indeed threatens the Dissolution of our State, be accepted as an Apology’ (Advertisement).
The title vignette, an exquisite miniature of the picturesque ruins at Godstow, is by Ralph Beilby, of the celebrated Newcastle family of glass enamellers and engravers. ‘Ralph's... artistic work flourished through his collaboration with the historian John Brand, which produced the engraving of Thornton's monument plate for Brand's history of Newcastle and a plan of Newcastle in 1788. Yet he is mostly remembered as Thomas Bewick’s master after the latter’s entry into the Beilby workshop [as an apprentice]. Their collaboration produced, among other works, A General History of Quadrupeds’ (Oxford DNB)..see full details
‘Mr Bowles woos not the plaintive muse with ill success. We have perused these pathetic lines with that kind of pleasure with which we hear the melodies of the poor little winged choristers, when their nests have been robbed of their young.
With respect to the merit of the stanzas now before us, we may apply to them what was said of the SONNETS by the same ingenious writer, in our Rev. for Feb. 1795, p. 225. where we did not hesitate to pronounce ‘the versification smooth, the style correct, the imagery pleasing, the thought natural, and the faults rare’’ (Monthly Review).
Bowles includes his poem ‘On leaving Winchester School. Written in the year 1782’ at the end..see full details
First edition, which includes the first printings of some 120 of the author’s Characters written between 1667 and 1679.more...
These Characters, loosely modelled on Theophrastus are brilliant prose satires on contemporary types, such as: ‘A Modern Politician’, ‘An hypocritical Non-conformist’, ‘A Republican’, ‘A State-Convert’, ‘A modern Statesman’, ‘A Fifth Monarchy man’, ‘A small Poet’, ‘A Lawyer’, ‘A Virtuoso’, ‘A Justice of Peace’, ‘A Fanatic’ and ‘An Hermetic Philosopher’.
Also included is Butler’s hilarious satire on the Royal Society, ‘The Elephant in the Moon’, in which the ‘elephant’ turns out to be a fly caught in the telescope: ‘A learn'd society of late, /The glory of a foreign state, /Agreed, upon a summer's night, / To search the Moon by her own light; / To take an invent'ry of all / Her real estate and personal; / And Make an accurate survey / Of all her lands, and how they lay...’.see full details
Vincent Bourne ‘was one of the most popular English Latin poets of the eighteenth century’ (Oxford DNB).more...
The first collection of his poems appeared in 1734, and there were several lifetime editions. This posthumous collection (Bourne died in 1747) is especially full, and ESTC suggests that ‘many poems’ are falsely attributed. Educated at Westminster School and later an usher (or tutor) there, composition in Latin was Bourne’s lifelong enthusiasm. William Cowper, his pupil, commented ‘he seemed determined, as he was the best, so to be the last, Latin poet of the Westminster line,’ noting also that he was rather less successful as a teacher.
His best poems are intimate portraits of Westminster life. Some are devoted to the spirit of place, notably ‘Pons Westmomasteriensis’ (on Westminster Bridge), others to friends and colleagues, such as ‘Ad Davidem Cook’, an affectionate reminiscence of a Westminster nightwatchman and his hendecasyllables on William Hogarth.
This copy bears the bookplate of Sir John Trollope, great-grandfather of the novelist. .see full details
An Account of the Life, Character, and Poems of Mr. Blacklock; Student of Philosophy, in the University of Edinburgh. London: Printed for R. and J. Dodsley, 1754, pp. 61, , including 3 final pages of advertisements; woodcut ornaments.
[and:] [BLACKLOCK, Thomas]. Advice to the Ladies. A Satyr. [Edinburgh?]: Printed in the Year 1754, pp. 16.
3 works bound together, 8vo (196 × 125 mm); contemporary Scottish spotted calf, spine gilt in compartments; rubbed, joints cracked and worn with some loss at heads of each; early inscription to initial blank leaf ‘Dr Thomas Blacklocks poems’ with an erasure below.
First editions of three contemporary works. The blind Scots poet Blacklock had lost his sight through smallpox in infancy, but later rose to prominence in Edinburgh, enjoying the patronage of David Hume and company of Robert Burns. He met both Johnson and Boswell, and was something of a mentor to a young Walter Scott.
The third item here, the 16-page Advice to the Ladies, seems to be the poet’s rarest work. It appeared anonymously and is still not attributed to Blacklock by ESTC (which locates 6 copies) but is generally accepted as his, a fact underlined by its presence in this small collection. The Oxford DNB notes that while Blacklock wrote many satires throughout his life, they were usually consigned to the flames. This is a rare exception, published during his lifetime.
Some of Blacklock’s poems were published as a collection as early as 1746, but the Poems on Several Occasions is the text that was most often reprinted. The Life, by Spence, the Oxford’s Professor of Poetry is uncommon in the original, separate issue found here..see full details
[bound with:] Malvern, a descriptive and historical Poem .more...
.. dedicated to the Right Honourable Julia, Viscountess Dudley and Ward. Dudley: Printed by J. Rann; for Brooke and Co. ... and Rivingtons ... London; and sold by the booksellers of Worcester, Birmingham, &c. &c. 1798, pp. [ii], x, , 124, , includes subscribers’ list.
Two works bound together, 4to (195 × 150 mm), sometime rebound preserving boards and endpapers of nineteenth-century binding; bookplates of Anne Charlotte De Lancey and Hobart College Library.
First editions, both provincially printed. The Hop-Garden appeared in 1799 in both an octavo and a quarto issue, the latter with the green title border as here. ESTC suggests that the latter is by far the rarest, with only 2 copies (Senate House and University of Illinois) as compared to 18 copies of the octavo. This is perhaps misleading, since a sample of individual catalogues shows that several copies of the quarto wrongly appear as the octavo in ESTC. Booker explains in his preface that in the course of preparing his didactic poem Malvern he found himself gathering so much material on the cultivation of hops that it began to outstrip the other subjects of the poem, so he extracted it for a complete poem, The Hop-Garden. He adds an entertaining sequel on the subject of ale and its role in rural celebrations, notably Christmas, while insisting ‘Drink to refresh, not to stupify the soul’ (p. 106)..see full details