The Cypress-Tree; or, moral Reflections in a country Church-yard. by…

~ The Cypress-Tree; or, moral Reflections in a country Church-yard. London: Printed for George Kearsly, at No. 46, near Serjeants-Inn, in Fleet Street. 1775.

4to (247 × 195 mm), pp. [4], ii, 25, [1], complete with half-title, engraved frontispiece by M.A. Rooker after George Cumberland; disbound; first two leaves detached, half-title dusty and with old ink numbering to upper forecorner, spotting to frontispiece, mainly marginal.

First edition of this anonymous contribution to Romantic graveyard poetry, with a fine frontispiece by Michael Angelo Rooker after George Cumberland depicting the author emerging from behind a gravestone before the moonlit wall of a church. Published to less-than-congratulatory reviews, with the Critical Review surmising that it must be the production of a youthful poet, and others choosing to simply praise the elegance of the frontispiece. Jackson, p. 36; ESTC: BL, Harvard, NYPL, Oberlin College, Stanford and Kansas.

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