[CANNING, George]. ~ Horace’s First Satire modernized, and addressed to Jacob Henriques … London: Printed for the Author; and sold by J. Cooke ... 1762.
4to (241 × 195 mm) in half-sheets, pp. –27, ; without half-title; short tear to D2; recent wrappers; early ink attribution ‘By George Canning of the Middle Temple Esqr’ to the title.
First edition, scarce. ‘This excellent Satire on Inconstancy and Avarice, is here humorously and pleasantly applied to our own times and manners. The insatiable Thirst of Gain in some of our City Gentlemen, is lashed with exquisite spirit’ (Monthly Review).
Canning (1736–1771), father of the prime minister, came from Londonderry, and was sent to London by his father to avoid an unsuitable marriage. ‘There, on an allowance of £150 p.a., he read for the bar and was called at the Middle Temple in 1764. But “it would appear that [he] was a lover of literature and pleasure, and excessively averse to the dull study of the profession to which his life was doomed to be devoted” (Rede, 8 n.). His circle included journalists, actors, and politicians, and he was a friend and supporter of Wilkes. He published at least one political pamphlet and some verses ... He ran up large debts, which his father paid off in return for his renouncing his right to inherit the family estates’ (Oxford DNB, sub George Canning junior).