Odes and Miscellanies. by CHEETHAM, Robert Farren.

Odes and Miscellanies. by CHEETHAM, Robert Farren.

~ Odes and Miscellanies. Stockport: Printed by J. Clarke. Sold by Champante and Whitrow, London. 1796.

8vo (182 × 114 mm), pp. xii, 184, with subscribers’ list; numerous wood engraved ornaments, including one for the place of publication; early nineteenth-century plum calf, spine gilt, red morocco label; rubbed.

First edition. Cheetham was a pupil at the Manchester Grammar School and the Odes are dedicated to his headmaster, Charles Lawson; they were published when he was 18 or 19 just as he was going up to Oxford. He is believed to have died soon after, at about the age of 22, having published a further collection, Poems, in 1799. This is a delightful Stockport-printed edition with an array of finely executed wood-engraved ornaments as tailpieces. The Critical Review dedicated several pages to this schoolboy poet and was not entirely dismissive. Jackson, p. 210; Johnson, 180.

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