GERRARD, John. ~ Poems, by John Gerrard, Curate of Withycombe in the Moor, Devon. London: Printed for the Author; and sold by G. Kearsly. 1769.
4to (256 × 195 mm), pp. xx, 112, including half-title and subscribers’ list; typographical headpiece; modern boards.
First edition. A substantial and elegantly printed collection, this is the only book by this Devonshire clergyman; it includes an 11-page list of about 125 local subscribers. Gerrard received a favourable notice in the Critical Review: ‘His poems may be allowed to stand on the same shelf with some of the best of his contemporary bards.
This collection consists of pastorals, elegies, odes, sonnets, epistles, and other little pieces, which a poet of tolerable genius might be supposed to write extempore.’ There are also two versifications of Macpherson's Ossianic texts.