COLMAN, George, the elder, and Robert LLOYD. ~ Two Odes. London: Printed for H. Payne. 1760.
4to (260 × 198 mm), pp. 23, , with half-title bearing contemporary inscription ‘T. Warton’ at head; waterstains to lower margin; bound with two other works (Churchill, Prophecy of Famine, 1763 and The Apology, 1761, second edition); several leaves strengthened in inner margins; rebound in modern quarter morocco.
First edition, Thomas Warton’s copy. Parodies of odes by William Mason and Thomas Gray, these are the only two surviving poems composed by the members of the 'Nonsense Club,' a small group of former Westminster School pupils. Lloyd and Colman were joined by Bonnell Thornton, William Cowper, and three others and they dined together every Thursday when in London. Mason is parodied in the 'Ode to Oblivion', and Gray's 'Progress of Poesy' and 'Bard' are played on in the opening pieces: 'Daughter of Chaos and old Night! Cimmerian Muse, all hail! That wrapped in never-twinkling gloom canst write, And shadowest meaning with thy duky feil!...Heard ye the din of Modern Rhimers bray? It is cool M----n: or warm G---y Involv'd in tenfold smoke.' This copy belonged to Thomas Warton (1728-90) and bears his ownership inscription on the half-title. Warton was the pre-eminent contemporary historian of English poetry, professor of Poetry at Oxford, friend of Samuel Johnson, and, at the end of his career, Poet Laureate.