Folio (335 × 210 mm), pp. , plus several blank leaves at end. Text in manuscript, full-page illustrations in crayon or pastel. Lightly browned throughout, fragile at edges with minor fraying, all the result of poor quality paper. In original cloth backed notebook. Binding rather worn. A handsome chanson manuscript, anonymous but for the decorative initials 'J.B'. The songs include: 'Le Pigeon blessé', 'Sous les Platanes', 'Carmen', 'Chagrins d'Amour', 'Juanita', 'La Femme est un jouette' and 'Mort pour la France'.
II. Émile LEBLOND. Dijon, c. 1904.
Manuscript, 4to (214 × 170 mm), pp. 1-12, 17-98, 101-102, 105-270, 280-320, several blanks at rear. Evidence of 3 leaves removed, perhaps by the maker. Numerous drawings in ink and crayon, decorative headings. Original cloth notebook. Rather rubbed. An illustrated chansonnier made by a soldier of the First Artillery, stationed at Dijon. This is an especially full example which gives some unusual details as to its making: Leblond occasionally records the number of weeks he has been in service and there is evidence of carbon tracing, demonstrating the use of illustrations from popular journals in making these chansonniers. The songs include: 'Berceuse militaire', 'L'Africaine', 'Chapeai bas devant la Marseillais', 'Vous êtes si jolie', 'Four frou' and 'Ma Ninette'.
III. Yvan LOREAU. Chemillé-sur-Seine, c. 1909.
Manuscript, small 4to (216 × 175 mm), pp. , 88, ruled paper. Drawings in ink and crayon. Original limp wrappers. Yvan Loreau writes on his title-page that this manuscript was made 'Sur le tour de France' and begun on 11th December 1909. Songs include: 'Voila la Parisienne', 'Le petit coeur de Ninon', 'Ah! Ma p'tit Lili', 'Le ruban bleu de l'hirondelle' and 'Pas sur la bouche'.
IV. Alexandre MOULLET, 'le gros bâtarde'. Valence, 1913-14.
Manuscript (on squared paper), 4to (222 × 170 mm), pp. . Drawings in ink and crayon, partially unfinished. Some thumbing and fraying, one leaf loose. Original half cloth notebook. An illustrated chansonnier made on the eve of the Great War for one Alexandre Moullet, picturesquely nicknamed 'le gros bâtarde', of the 5eme Régiment d'Artillerie lourde, 8ème batterie, at Valence (Drôme). Songs include: 'Les petites Toulonnaises'; 'Soldat vierge', 'Marins de Marseille', 'Coeur Crise', 'Sur la Riviera' and 'Le dernier Tango'.
V. REDON. Valbonne (Ain), 1921.
Manuscript on paper, small 4to (216 × 170 mm), pp. , plus numerous blanks at rear, numerous drawings in pencil, ink and crayon (a couple cut from newspapers or journals, decorative headings. Original half cloth notebook. Songs include: 'Tu voudrais me voir pleurer', 'La vals du pastis', 'Vous rendez tous les hommes fou' and 'Le train fatale'. One verse is subscribed 'Fait a la Valbonne le 12-12-21 une soiré de grand froid'. .see full details
First edition of this combination, preceded by an exceptionally rare issue of the first poem (Elcho castle; or, Edmund & Velina: a tale.more...
Sterling, 1796 known in a single copy, at Toronto). Jaffray was a native of Sterling and this elegant publication is dedicated to his former teacher, one David Doig, ‘Rector of the Grammar School, Stirling, author of Letters on the Savage State, Poem on the View from Sterling Castle, &c. &c.’ The two charming sepia illustrations depict highland scenes. A footnote explains the setting of the first ballad: ‘ELCHO CASTLE is situated upon the banks of the river Tay, a few miles below the town of Perth; and is now the property of the Earl of Wemyss. It is frequently mentioned by Blind Harry, in his life of Sir William Wallce; and in those days it must have been a place of considerable strength.’.see full details
An elegantly produced autograph manuscript in gold ink of Mesnage’s satire in hexasyllables denouncing the arrivistes of the Second Republic.more...
It is apparently unpublished. Born in 1821 at Evron (Mayenne), Mesnage claimed direct descent from Racine and published several poetical works, including Les Fleurs d’Avril (Laval, 1854 of which a copy is included here). La Tartufiade, with its nod to Molière, was composed in 1858, on the eve of the establishment of the Republic and was copied up in this manuscript in 1849. Two further autograph poems (each on a single illuminated page of a bifolium): ‘Le Rève’ and ‘Ange aux blonds Cheveux: Romance’ are included..see full details
‘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)..see full details
First edition of this translation, dedicated to Richard Trevor, Bishop of Durham.more...
There were two other translations the same year, one by Richard Grey (author of the much reprinted Memoria technica, or, A New Method of Artificial Memory, 1730), and an anonymous one of Book I only. The translator here is William Hay (1695–1755), politician and author of Mount Caburn (1730; his only original verse). Also in 1754 he published his most popular work: Deformity: an Essay, ‘a discussion of his own physical disabilities—he had been born a hunchback dwarf’ (Oxford DNB)..see full details
First edition, dedicated to the Earls of Granville, Chesterfield, and Orrery.more...
An attack on previous attempts at Classical translation—though he compliments Johnson on ‘two fine imitations of Juvenal’—by Francklin (1721–1874), clergyman, critic, playwright, and sometime professor of Greek at Cambridge. He was himself no stranger to translation (Voltaire, Cicero, Pseudo-Phalaris), and the final leaf here carries announces Francklin’s intention to print by subscription a version of Sophocles, which finally came out 1758–9.
Francklin’s father was the bookseller Richard Francklin, publisher of the controversial Whig periodical The Craftsman, who appears in the imprint here..see full details
One of two editions (the other being A Letter to a Right Honourable Person, pp.more...
, v, –27, ), the variant with ‘the’ as the catchword on p. 22 (rather than ‘they’).
A satirical rhymed paraphrase of William Pitt’s Letter from a Right Hon. Person (1761), on his controversial resignation as Secretary of State, and of the Lord Mayor’s published reply. The author is the Irish translator and playwright, Philip Francis (1708–1773). The poem itself is not long, but is supported by extensive footnotes. An admirer of Warburton’s edition of Pope, with its ‘two huge columns of criticism to support and explain two lines of... poetry’, Francis has ‘bottomed [the] pages with notes variorum’ (p. iii)..see full details
Second edition of this translation, first published the same year (same pagination).more...
Vert-vert was the poem which made Gresset famous in the 1730s, the tale of a pampered parrot which, on a journey between his home in a convent in Nevers and another in Nantes, picks up some shocking language from its fellow travellers, to the mortification of the nuns. It had first appeared in English in 1759, translated by John Gilbert Cooper. The present version is by Alexander Geddes..see full details
First edition: a satirical poem on the appointment of the Duke of Newcastle as Chancellor of Cambridge University, with the river itself featuring as a character in the poem, in much the same vein as William Mason’s Isis had reproached the University of Oxford in 1748.more...
Greene’s abilities as a poet later found expression in translations from Classical literature..see full details
First edition, scarce: the Seatonian Prize poem for 1757, ‘perhaps the best that has ever yet appeared’ (Critical Review).more...
Glynn is said to have submitted the poem out of his dislike for George Bally, who had won in 1754 and 1756 (and was to win again, in 1758). He became a noted physician—attending, for example, Thomas Gray in his final illness—showing ‘judgement and attention, but with characteristic eccentricity’ (Oxford DNB). .see full details
Gisborne was a central figure in the evangelical Clapham Sect, a close friend of William Wilberforce, and a keen abolitionist. These poems find him in more reflective mood, describing the scenery, across the seasons, of the now lost Needwood Forest, which bordered Gisborne’s estate at Yoxall, Staffordshire, and which had inspired poetry by Francis Mundy and Anna Seward almost 20 years before. .see full details
A satire on Theophilus Leigh (Jane Austen’s great-uncle), Master of Balliol College, Oxford, for his part in the County electioneering of 1753. The imprint is apparently fictitious, and the poem even features the invented booksellers ‘Lumm and Kit’, described in the Annotations at the end as ‘two most excellent and useful Persons... being both Hawkers of Scandal and Publishers of News, true and false; both Scavengers, that is, Collectors of Filth...’ (p. 12)..see full details
Meanwell’ (a pseudonym) to the Reverend John Allen, Senior Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, and Rector of Tarporley, Cheshire. Cowper was a local physician and ‘an active antiquary, copying and collating a large number of manuscripts relating to Chester and writing extensively, in manuscript form, on Chester's history’ (Oxford DNB).
‘The author of this Rhapsody... surveys the river Dee, and some of the most remarkable places about Chester. This prospect leads him into a contemplation on the various revolutions of those places, and the heroes, princes, or patriots, who formerly distinguished themselves in that neighbourhood... This work may be entertaining to those acquainted with the scenes which are described. The author makes use of old words and ancient names, and appears to be a poetical antiquarian’ (Critical Review). Long footnotes elucidate the poem..see full details
The poem is directed towards George Lyttelton, poet, patron of literature, and newly appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer, a post for which he was completely unqualified: ‘Your talents, not in Figures lies, / Leave Estimates, Accounts, Supplies, / Not worthy your regarding, / To wiser Heads...’
‘Though we cannot say much for the poetry of this Ode, we must allow that there is some spirit and satire in it; and those who know the C[hancello]r’s disposition, will allow that he must feel the lash severely’ (Critical Review)..see full details
Second edition, ‘apparently a reimpression of the first edition [also 1779], with the titlepage partly reset’ (ESTC).more...
‘Under the similitude of a dream this manly satirist describes the Muse, to whom he particularly devotes himself, as exhibiting a picture of the world as it goes. The more prominent parts of the piece are, The Temple of Friendship, the Palace of Self-Interest, The Den of Adultery, and the Castle of Freedom... Success is too apt to beget indolenace and inattention: this, however, is not the case with our present Author. The poem before us is certainly equal, if not superior, to any thing he has hitherto published’ (Monthly Review)..see full details
First edition, scarce, dedicated to Lady Villiers.more...
‘No greater proof of modern extravagance need be required, than the frequent Auctions of the property of living persons. Do we not daily see those ancient Seats which have been considered as almost sacred by former possessors, dismantled by the rude hand of their extravagant Owners, and every thing that had given splendor to hospitality, borne away to the Auction Room... I am sorry to say it, but these Auctions are so many genteel, Honourable, and Right Honourable Bankruptcies... The Gentlemen of the Wooden Hammer seem to thrive most by modern dissipation. Indeed, I have not a doubt, but the Heirs of Mr. Christie and Mr. Tattersall [both founded 1766] will look down upon many an impoverished Lord, &c. whose Father’s extravagance, or perhaps his own, has helped towards the increase of their ample possessions...’ (Preface)..see full details
Second edition (the first also Bristol-printed, Pine, 1770, with the same pagination): the Last Judgement, in verse, by Francis (1734–1799), who was for 40 years the Baptist minister of Horsley, Gloucestershire.more...
There were other editions at York (1785), Philadelphia (1787), and New York (1789)..see full details