The News-paper: a Poem... by CRABBE, George.

‘I sing of News, and all those vapid sheets’

~ The News-paper: a Poem... London: Printed for J. Dodsley. 1785.

4to (266 × 200 mm), pp. vii, [1], 29, [3], with a final leaf of advertisements; title slightly yellowed; modern marbled boards.

First edition. Crabbe’s last separately published poem in the eighteenth century, The News-paper satirizes the popular press, in the tradition of Pope’s Dunciad, partly reflecting a period of intense public pressure on his two patrons, Burke and Rutland (the poem is dedicated to the latter). ‘I sing of News, and all those vapid sheets,/ The rattling hawker vends thro’ gaping streets; / Whate’er their name, or what the time they fly / Damp from the press to charm the reader’s eye:— / For, soon as morning dawns with roseate hue, / The HERALD of the morn arises too; / POST after POST succeeds, and all day long / GAZETTES and LEDGERS swarm, a noisy throng.’ Bareham & Gatrell A6; Jackson, p. 116.

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