The Dr-yt-n Review, or, Characteristic Sketches. By Yorick. Part the…

The Dr-yt-n Review, or, Characteristic Sketches. By Yorick. Part the First. by ‘YORICK’, pseudonym.

~ The Dr-yt-n Review, or, Characteristic Sketches. By Yorick. Part the First. London: Printed and published for William Vowell, and to be had of the booksellers in town and country, [ 1793.]

4to (264 × 200 mm), pp. vii, [i], 84, [4] including 2 final advert leaves; early inscription ‘Grant’ and an inkblot to title; contemporary marbled wrappers, worn and sometime rebacked.

Sole edition, rare, with ESTC listing copies at BL, Bodley, Folger, NYPL and LC only. Though subtitled ‘Part the First’, no more were published. A collection of 42 amusing and often bawdy poems, verse ‘portraits’ satirising the notables of the town of Drayton (now Market Drayton), in Shropshire. 'Yorick' the pseudonymous author, is evidently a Drayton native, with a particular grudge against Methodists [’…a vile set of low hypocrites whose God is in their Bellies, and who, under the pretence of Sanctity, worship God for their Dinners and the Devil for their Suppers.’] This is an intriguing portrait of a provincial market town and its local politics and scandals, in the manner of the Spoon River Anthology.

‘Observations on Riding Double’ begins:

‘In my Bosom it always occasions much Trouble,
Whenever I see pretty Women ride Double;
Is it decent to see a Young Miss on a Pillion,
With her Arms round the Waist of a dirty Postillion...’, Not in Jackson.

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