CHURCHILL, Charles. ~ 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.
4to (256 × 200 mm), pp. , 38; minor dampstain to foredge of first 3 leaves; modern boards.
First edition. ‘The Candidate (May) is an attack on John Montagu, earl of Sandwich (1718–1792), the hypocritical libertine who denounced Wilkes over the publication of An Essay on Woman. The occasion of Churchill's poem is the earl's candidature in a savagely political election for the high stewardship of Cambridge University. Thomas Gray celebrated the same event in a satire with the same title (Oxford DNB).