Poems on various Subjects. by CARR, William Windle.

Includes a sonnet ‘On the Independence of America’

~ Poems on various Subjects. London: Printed for the author, and sold by Messrs. Edwards. 1791.

8vo (204 × 120 mm), pp. xiv, 208, bound without half-title, engraved frontispiece by Barlow after Carr and Boultby; heavy offset from plate to title; otherwise a very clean and crisp copy; contemporary half calf, marbled boards, lately rebacked.

First edition of Carr’s only book. The first poem, a long monody to the memory of Shenstone was dismissed as ‘incomprehensible’ by the Critical Review, though Monthly Review was more generous, calling Carr ‘a new candidate for the favour of the Muses.’ The sonnets include ‘On the Independence of America’ and the final Epistle entitled ‘Infidelity... to a gentleman in Swisserland’ attacks Rousseau, Voltaire and Hume. The frontispiece is engraved after a painting by the author. Fieser, A Bibliography of Hume's Writings and Early Responses, p. 130; Jackson, p. 168; not found in Sabin.

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