Crane’s Poems were first printed in 1812, all editions are rare.more...
The book is complete in two parts: following page 334 and one additional poem (unpaginated) is the separate title ‘The London Wakes, a vision; dedicated, without permission, to the Bailiff & Aldermen of Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. By the Bird of Bromsgrove. Stourport: Printed for John Crane, Sen. By M. Nicholson, Stourport; and sold by Joshua Crane, Bromsgrove. The Second Edition...’ .see full details
Sole edition: a copy formerly in a pamphlet volume from library of Alexander Fraser Tytler (1747-1813), Lord Woodhouselee, who has identified the author of this otherwise unattributed Scots poem in contemporary manuscript on the half-title.more...
‘Description of the Highlands. Its most valuable productions. Manners and character of the natives. The hardships and inconveniences they are subjected to by the law prohibiting their ancient dress. The late emigrations from that country; their causes and effects. A more impartial and liberal policy recommended. Propriety and wisdom of an attention to the peculiarity of their situation. Probable good effects of these on the internal police and strength of the kingdom in general. Danger of neglecting them, and colonizing the boundless regions of the American continent’ (The Argument)..see full details
An elegy on the death of the great Calvinistic Methodist leader, George Whitefield, ‘the eighteenth century's most sensational preacher in Great Britain and America’ (Oxford DNB). Richard de Courcy was born in Ireland in 1743 and educated at Trinity College, Dublin, before becoming a spiritual follower of Lady Huntington. Through her influence, he was ordained by the Bishop of Lichfield; in 1770 he became curate of Sawbury, Shropshire, and in 1774, Vicar of St. Alkmond's, Shrewsbury. His devotional and evangelical publications were numerous. .see full details
First edition of this anonymous contribution to Romantic graveyard poetry, with a fine frontispiece by Michael Angelo Rooker after George Cumberland depicting the author emerging from behind a gravestone before the moonlit wall of a church.more...
Published to less-than-congratulatory reviews, with the Critical Review surmising that it must be the production of a youthful poet, and others choosing to simply praise the elegance of the frontispiece..see full details
Henry Tytler (1752/3-1808, younger brother of James ‘Balloon’ Tytler) was a Scots physician and translator. ‘His model was avowedly Pope's Iliad, in which he had steeped himself by way of preparation; he rendered Callimachus's Hymns and Lock of Berenice into heroic couplets, the epigrams into rhymed tetrameters’ (Oxford DNB). There is a 6-page list of subscribers, almost all Scottish. According to the preface by the Earl of Buchan, ‘the translations now offered to the public are the first from a Greek poet that have been published by a native of Scotland in the English language.’ .see full details
A comic mock-heroic dialogue in London street dialect between three chimney-sweeps, Grim, Dingy and Sooty-Dun. The dialect, described by the Monthly Review as ‘bunter-style and St. Giles’s jaw’ is excused by the anonymous author in a footnote: ‘As this and some similar passages may seem un-grammatical and barbarous to the nicer critics, they are desired before they decide, to peruse the Blackguard’s Grammar, or the Yellow Waistcoat’s Vade Mecum, when the author flatters himself they will allow both the language and style to entirely consonant with the rules laid down in that valuable and learned work.’.see full details
An anonymous versification in anapestic dimeter by ‘a Lady’ of extracts from Chesterfield. While often witty, the versification leaves much to be desired. As the Monthly Review laconically observed: ‘We should be miserably deficient in the Gentleman’s Etiquette, were we to criticise a lady for employing her time as she pleases.’ The elegant title vignette by John Lodge (d. 1796) depicts two gentlemen greeting each other in a room with a Chinese screen and books on the right and a viol on a chair on the left. .see full details
‘In 1791 Cotton's son the Revd Nathaniel Cotton published Various pieces in verse and prose by the late Nathaniel Cotton, M.D., many of which were never before published. Its two volumes collect the Visions, fables, occasional verses such as the frequently anthologized poem ‘The Fireside’, Horatian odes, and five sermons. The third sermon, concerning Psalm 19, verse 12, ‘Who can understand his errors? Cleanse thou me from secret faults’, offers an interesting parallel to Cowper's ‘Self-acquaintance’. Cotton's fables refer to family members and seem intended for private use. In ‘A Fable’ gentle autobiographical satire unfolds as a poetic Owl, puffed with praise, hoots that he will replace Colley Cibber as poet laureate’ Oxford DNB)..see full details
Cheetham was a pupil at the Manchester Grammar School and the Odes are dedicated to his headmaster, Charles Lawson; they were published when he was 18 or 19 just as he was going up to Oxford. He is believed to have died soon after, at about the age of 22, having published a further collection, Poems, in 1799. This is a delightful Stockport-printed edition with an array of finely executed wood-engraved ornaments as tailpieces. The Critical Review dedicated several pages to this schoolboy poet and was not entirely dismissive. .see full details
Crabbe’s last separately published poem in the eighteenth century, The News-paper satirizes the popular press, in the tradition of Pope’s Dunciad, partly reflecting a period of intense public pressure on his two patrons, Burke and Rutland (the poem is dedicated to the latter). ‘I sing of News, and all those vapid sheets,/ The rattling hawker vends thro’ gaping streets; / Whate’er their name, or what the time they fly / Damp from the press to charm the reader’s eye:— / For, soon as morning dawns with roseate hue, / The HERALD of the morn arises too; / POST after POST succeeds, and all day long / GAZETTES and LEDGERS swarm, a noisy throng.’.see full details
First edition, occasionally attributed to William Combe, but the lighthearted and occasionally scholarly rhymed couplets suggest a younger author, probably at Oxford or Cambridge.more...
The anonymous author describes it as a ‘crazy farrago’ (Preface) while the London Review called it: ‘The careless rhapsody of some freshman or under-graduate; whose lounging fit has here thrown off a tolerable antidote to the spleen.’
It includes a long digression on verse itself, and its progress in England, dismissing Poet Laureate William Whitehead’s ‘limping strain,’ and referring to bathos as :
The Lazar House of poetry. There gouty verse expiring lies, Asthmatic metre, similies, Convulsive metaphors, lame stories, Blind tropes, distracted allegories... .see full details
‘The Diabo-Lady’, which is generally thought not to be by Combe, has a separate sub title and half-title. One of two Dublin issues of the same year, this one is distinguished by a colon after ‘Diaboliad’ on the title page and the 'D' of London directly above the 'I' of Dublin..see full details
First edition, a neatly prescient attack on corruption among Members of Parliament, in imitation of the Seventh Satire of the Second Book of Horace, with parallel Latin and English text.more...
‘Only superficially is it a dialogue: the servant manages to keep the recipient of his harangue almost speechless in the course of his enumeration of the cynical practises of the average M.P.... The Dialogue is a pleasant piece, jocular rather than biting...’ (Altick, pp. 120-1). Among his many complaints, the servant berates the M.P. for his hypocrisy in agitating for stricter adultery laws while hiding under his mistress’s bed and for proposing stricter regulations on gin drinking while allowing gambling at White’s..see full details
[bound with:] [POLIGNAC, Melchior de] George CANNING, translator.more...
A translation of Anti-Lucretius... London: Printed for the author; and sold by J. Dodsley, J. Almon, T. Davies, T. Becket, J. Williams, W. Flexney, G. Kearsly, W. Nicoll, and Richardson and Urquhart, 1766, pp. , 428; author’s autograph inscription to end of dedication to Queen Charlotte.
2 works bound together, 4to (260 × 195 mm); early half calf, spine worn with some portions wanting, joints cracked, but the whole secure.
First editions. ESTC notes the two were issued together and separately..see full details
One of the most popular eighteenth-century English books of poetry for children — more than a dozen editions over the next fifty years. Cotton, a physician by training (at Leiden, under Hermann Boerhaave) ran a private lunatic asylum in St. Albans and he is now best remembered for his kindness and care for Cowper during Cowper's first period of insanity.see full details
Parodies of odes by William Mason and Thomas Gray, these are the only two surviving poems composed by the members of the 'Nonsense Club,' a small group of former Westminster School pupils. Lloyd and Colman were joined by Bonnell Thornton, William Cowper, and three others and they dined together every Thursday when in London. Mason is parodied in the 'Ode to Oblivion', and Gray's 'Progress of Poesy' and 'Bard' are played on in the opening pieces: 'Daughter of Chaos and old Night! Cimmerian Muse, all hail! That wrapped in never-twinkling gloom canst write, And shadowest meaning with thy duky feil!...Heard ye the din of Modern Rhimers bray? It is cool M----n: or warm G---y Involv'd in tenfold smoke.' This copy belonged to Thomas Warton (1728-90) and bears his ownership inscription on the half-title. Warton was the pre-eminent contemporary historian of English poetry, professor of Poetry at Oxford, friend of Samuel Johnson, and, at the end of his career, Poet Laureate. .see full details