Sole edition, an attractive Westmoreland imprint.more...
Graham describes himself in the preface as a ‘mechanic who was never taught the rudiments in the English language.’ The collection includes ‘To a friend in America. A poetical epistle’, ‘On John Wesley’s Address to the Americans’, ‘A Pastoral Dialogue, in the Cumberland Dialect’ and an essay ‘On the savage Diversion of Cock-fighting.’ The work was announced by the Cumberland Chronicle and Whitehaven Public Advertiser in March 1778: ‘We are informed, that Mr. Charles Graham, of Penrith, intends speedily to publish, by subscription, a collection of Miscellaneous Poems, Essays, Original Pieces, &c.- and, as several of Mr. Graham's productions have been noticed by the ingenious Mr. Dodsley, and published in his Annual Register, it is not doubted but this collection will meet with every wished for encouragement...’ It also includes ‘A Soliloquy on the late Dr. William Dodd’, to the memory of the erstwhile ‘Macaroni Parson’ hanged for forgery in 1777.
Among the subscribers is Richard Wordsworth, Jr., son of Richard Wordsworth of Whitehaven, William's cousin. Other subscribers are a cross-section of Cumberland society, including Henry Curwen, William Cockin, John Heysham, M.D., Thomas Lowthion (poet), Senhouse and others..see full details
The Christiad, an epic poem in six cantos on the life of Christ by Marco Girolamo Vida, commissioned by Pope Leo X and modelled on Virgil, was first published in Cremona in 1535. Vida was much admired in England and The Christiad was imitated in verse by Milton and Cowley and knew two eighteenth-century English translations: this one and another by John Cranwell (1768).
Second edition, ‘corrected and enlarged’ from the rare privately printed edition of the previous year.more...
The text has a remarkable and eccentric source, being printed from copious marginal notes made by Lord Gardenstone in volumes kept at the residents’ library he provided for the model village he founded at Laurencekirk, Kincairdshire. There are notes on plays, operas, farces as well as on publications such as Boswell’s recent Life and Young’s Night Thoughts. An interesting two-and-a-half page letter concerning the development of the penal colony of Botany Bay found in this edition did not appear in the first edition of 1791.
‘Gardenstone never married. He was a man of many peculiarities, one of which was an extreme fondness for pigs’ (Oxford DNB). .see full details
There are two editions of 1760: one giving the author’s name (as here); the other, presumably the first, stating ‘By a gentleman of Cambridge’.more...
Fawkes was one of the eighteenth-century’s most able classical translators and this is one his more important literary efforts, with a tantalizing ‘thank-you’ in the preface to an unnamed ‘ingenious and worthy Friend (whose Name would do Honour to the Title page) for his Revisal and Correction of this little Work.’ Fawkes had a wide circle of literary friends, which included Samuel Johnson and John Jortin..see full details
First edition of the author’s only published work.more...
Farquhar was born at Aberdeen around 1771 and the Poems, are dedicated in patriotic spirit to Sir James Sterling, Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of Edinburgh and to the Edinburgh Volunteers. A poem of thirty-four lines 'To Dr Beattie' on p. 63 (’ACCEPT, great BEATTIE, from an humble pen, / Th’ effusions of an heart sincere and plain...’) praises Beattie and thanks him for allowing the author to grace the poem with his name..see full details
The title bears an appropriate image of a classical lamp, with the text ‘Languescit.’ The collection contains several important poems, notably ‘Werter to Charlotte’ and ‘On Suicide’ (which first appeared in Dodsley’s edition of The Sorrows of Werther of 1784); ‘Elegy on the Death of Dr. Samuel Johnson. To Sir Joshua Reynolds’ and ‘To Thomas Gainsborough, Esq. On his Portraits of the Three Princesses.’ Graves had sat for a portrait by Gainsborough, whose portrait of the three princesses (Charlotte, Augusta and Elizabeth) was completed in 1784..see full details
An entertaining early poem by the comic novelist Graves (best known for The Spiritual Quixote, 1772), member of the Bath circle. This mock encomium of the ‘love of order’ as a principle of virtue and taste ranges from the serious to the burlesque. The second Canto addresses taste in gardening with references to Mason (’Promiscuous blends his sylvan Shades’) and the modern affectation of irregularity in garden design. The reviewer of the Westminster Magazine approved of this point : ‘The satire is well-tim’d and necessary.’ The Monthly Review called it a ‘spirited little poem.’ It is playfully dedicated to a child, one William James of Denford, Berks.
There are several authorial manuscript corrections to the text on pp. 22, 24, 25 and 28..see full details
A substantial and elegantly printed collection, this is the only book by this Devonshire clergyman; it includes an 11-page list of about 125 local subscribers. Gerrard received a favourable notice in the Critical Review: ‘His poems may be allowed to stand on the same shelf with some of the best of his contemporary bards.
This collection consists of pastorals, elegies, odes, sonnets, epistles, and other little pieces, which a poet of tolerable genius might be supposed to write extempore.’ There are also two versifications of Macpherson's Ossianic texts..see full details
First edition, title without ‘Printed as the Act Directs,’ all textual errata present (some have contemporary ink corrections).more...
The ‘Explanatory Notes’ not present here, were added in later states of the text (and were also given free to any first edition purchaser who asked for them). The ownership inscription of Hans Sloane (M.P., not the better known Hans Sloane who died in 1753) is perhaps significant with regard to this early state of the text. Tinker provides a useful note on the editions, quoting Frederick Locker-Lampson, who discovered contemporary advertisements demonstrating that the earliest copies of the first edition, like this one, were issued without the ‘Explanatory Notes.’ Williams’s Seven XVIIIth Century Bibliographies (p.162) notes the list of ‘Errors’ in later states of the pamphlet and the publisher’s statement that ‘a few copies only’ had them. Williams lists the five errors and remarks that he has seen one copy ‘which has all these misprints except the first.’ The present copy has them all. ESTC T146795 also describes this earliest state without the notes, though without listing all the errata. Corrections of the five errors (all but ‘when’ for ‘where’ on p. 10). .see full details
‘This is an elegant poetical compliment to the University of Oxford. The ingenious author has prefixed an apologetical advertisement, wherein he precludes any undue censure of himself from those who might otherwise be ready to accuse him of ingratitude to his alma mater’ (Monthly Review).
ESTC notes that it is sometimes attributed to Philip Bennett, while Aubin attributes it to Charles Emily and places it in a mid-century group of similar Isis poems by William Mason, Thomas Warton and Emily, interesting for ‘their extreme use of personification’..see full details
Sole edition of Gisborne’s elegy to fellow poet Mason; who, via the Yorkshire Association had been active in the campaign against slavery, which is alluded to here in 2 stanzas.more...
Though now little known Mason was very highly regarded by his peers. Coleridge called him ‘the most considerable Yorkshire poet since Marvell’ adding that ‘he was, for many years of his life, England's greatest living poet.’ .see full details
‘With the 1770's came a sucession of long and striking spa-poems...Foster's Scarborough (1770), a very ambitious work in three cantos... Devoting the first two cantos mainly to description and history and the third to local nautical heroes... Three interpolated stories of as many love-affairs expose the Grissil-like quality of the eighteenth-century heroine at its worst...There are exciting genre sketches like that of the ship-wreck, packed with agony; but most readable of all is the account of the 'oozy beach' with its 'visitants'...’ (Aubin p. 175).
Further editions followed in 1771 and 1777 (both York) with another in 1802..see full details
First Paisley edition of this collection by Robert Burns’s favourite poet.more...
First published in 1779, there were several further editions; this one is described by its publisher as ‘a neat cheap pocket edition...price only 1s sewed, and 1s 6d neatly bound.’ (probably in sheep as here)..see full details
Select Poems first appeared in 1774 (shortly before Fry’s death) in an edition of 84 pages and was enlarged (with the addition of the ‘History of Elijah and Elisha’) for an edition of 1783 (itself reprinted at Philadelphia in 1787).more...
This edition of 1793 has substantially more text, notably the long poem ‘An essay on conduct and education recommended to the people called Quakers’, with separate title-page..see full details
The author was an innkeeper and ballad writer at Birmingham, where he was landlord of the Leicester Arms.more...
Initially sung to his patrons the verses attracted sufficient attention, with their radical and political views, to warrant publication. The first of Freeth’s Political Songsters appeared in 1766 (40 pages only) and it was frequently re-issued with new and updated material. It includes numerous songs on the war against the American colonies.
‘It was Freeth's custom to write songs—setting his words to popular tunes—about remarkable events in local and national news, and to sing them nightly to the company assembled at his coffee house. The habit was profitable: it crowded the place with patrons, attracted eminent visitors, and, since Freeth wrote as a determined radical and nonconformist, created a political meeting-place... Freeth usually sang about feats of war, national emergencies, and affairs of state, such as the victories of Earl Howe and Lord Nelson, and the activities of Charles James Fox, Lord North, and William Pitt... Although unsophisticated, many of his patriotic songs have a stirring lilt; on politics he wrote with indignation, rough good humour, and an effective turn of phrase that earned him the reputation of being one of the best political ballad writers in the kingdom’ (Oxford DNB).
There are several issues of the ‘sixth edition’ of 1790 (ESTC lists no less than 6) with slight variations of pagination. This one is apparently a reissue with two extra leaves paginated 37*-40* and with ‘Finis’ on p.192, after which an extra gathering (S) has been added, containing ‘On Lord Sherard’s comming of age’, ‘Old St. Michael’s day, 1788’, ‘On, the Earl of Harborough’s birth day’ and ‘For the Earl of Harborough’s birth day’..see full details
First edition, second issue, with a cancel title; the first issue appeared in 1777.more...
A witty and engaging series of poems, together with a short, prose-fictional ‘Journey from London to Portsmouth.’ There is also an eight-page ‘Key’ to the ‘hard words’ in one of the poems. The ‘Collection of Scottish Proverbs’, compiled by Fergusson, has a divisional half-title and separate pagination, with continuous register. Fergusson died in 1598, and was Minister at Dumferline; his proverb collection was published throughout the seventeenth century..see full details