The Hop-Garden, a didactic Poem. by BOOKER, Luke.

The Hop-Garden, a didactic Poem. by BOOKER, Luke. < >

~ The Hop-Garden, a didactic Poem. Newport: Printed by H.P. Silvester, for Messrs. Rivingtons... London. [ 1799.]

pp. [8], 118, [2], title within green engraved roundel borders depicting hop bines; early shelf marks in red and black pencil to head of title.

[bound with:] Malvern, a descriptive and historical Poem... 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, [2], 124, [2], 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). (Hop-Garden): Jackson, p. 234; not in Johnson, Provincial Poetry; Aubin, p. 45; (Malvern), Jackson, p. 227; Johnson, Provincial Poetry 103.

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