CRABBE, George. ~ The News-paper: a Poem... London: Printed for J. Dodsley. 1785.
4to (266 × 200 mm), pp. vii, , 29, , 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.