Poems... Containing The Rosciad. The Apology. Night. The Prophecy of…

~ Poems... Containing The Rosciad. The Apology. Night. The Prophecy of Famine. An Epistle to William Hogarth. And The Ghost, in four Books. London: Printed for the author, by Dryden Leach; and sold by W. Flexney...T. Henderson... J. Coote... J. Gardner... J. Almon... and E. Broughton, at Oxford. 1763.

pp. [ii], 369, [1], without half-title. Rothschild 621.

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—— The Conference. A Poem. London : Printed for G. Kearsly... J. Coote...W. Flexney... C. Henderson... J. Gardiner... and J. Almon, 1763, pp. [ii], 19, [1], without half-title. First edition.

—— The author. A Poem. London: Printed for W. Flexney... G. Kearsly... J. Coote... C. Henderson... J. Gardiner... and J. Almon, 1763, pp. [iv], 19, [1], complete with half-title. First edition.

—— The Duellist. A Poem. In three Books. London: Printed for W. Flexney... G. Kearsly... J. Coote... C. Henderson... J. Gardiner...and J. Almon, 1764, pp. [ii], 49, [1], without half-title. First edition.

—— Gotham. A Poem. Book I; [Book II]; [Book III]. London: Printed for the Author, and sold by W. Flexney... G. Kearsley...C. Henderson... J. Coote... J. Gardiner... and J. Almon, 1764, Three parts with separate title-pages, pp. [ii], 24; [iv], 32; [2], 31, [1], book 2 complete with half-title, books 1 and 3 without half-titles, book III with author’s name added to title in contemporary manuscript.

—— The Candidate. A Poem. London: Printed for the Author; and sold by W. Flexney... G. Kearsly... C. Henderson... J. Coote... Gardiner... J. Almon... and A. Moran, 1764, pp. [4], 38, complete with half-title. First edition.

—— The Farewell. A Poem. London: Printed for the Author; and sold by W. Flexney... G. Kearsly... C. Henderson... J. Coote... J. Gardiner... J. Almon...and C. Moran, 1764, pp. [2], 24, without half-title. First edition.

—— The Times. A Poem. London: Printed for the Author; and sold by J. Coote... J. Almon... W. Flexney... C. Henderson... J. Gardiner... and C. Moran, 1764, pp. [3]-33, [1], without half-title, author’s name added to title in contemporary manuscript. First edition.

—— Independence. A Poem. Addressed to the Minority. London: Printed for the Author; and sold by J. Almon... J. Coote... W. Flexney... C. Henderson... Gardiner... and C. Moran, 1764, pp. [2], 28, without half-title, author’s name added to title in contemporary manuscript. First edition.

Churchill Dissected. A poem. London: Printed for W. Nicoll, 1764, [2], 29, [1], no half-title called for. First edition.

[STOCKDALE, Percival]. Churchill defended, a poem addressed to the Minority. London: Printed for the Author, and sold by W. Flexney, 1765, pp. [4], 23, [1]. First edition.

Bound together in contemporary calf, spine gilt; joints repaired.

A good contemporary Churchill collection, comprising the 1763 collected Poems; first editions of several separately issued post-1763 poems and two scarce imitations, Churchill Dissected and Churchill Defended both also in first edition. Churchill Dissected, an anonymous satire, was well-received, with the Monthly Review writing ‘Could we have imagined that Churchill should dissect Churchill, we should have concluded, that he had here taken the incision knife in his own hand.— The operation is perfectly in his own style of execution, heavy and violent; and the display of the interior parts, indicates a thorough acquaintance with the subject.’

Churchill Defended, anonymously issued but attributed to poet Percival Stockdale was issued following Churchill’s death with the Advertisement ‘The Author of the following Poems thinks it necessary to inform his Readers, e’er they favour it with a Perusal, that a great part of it was composed before he was acquainted with the melancholy News of our Poet’s Death. He hopes they will excuse him for not altering his Method on account of that Catastrophe. Certainly to fancy for a while that Mr. Churchill is yet alive, will be a very agreeable Supposition to every True Englishman.’ Churchill defended is scarce with ESTC listing copies at BL, Cambridge, NLS, Bodley, Wisconsin, New York Historical Society and Yale

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