[GRAVES, Richard]. ~ The Love of Order: a poetical Essay. In three Cantos. London: Printed for J. Dodsley. 1773.
4to (262 × 196 mm), pp. 36, including half-title; title with engraved vignette by Collyer; modern quarter morocco.
Sole edition. An entertaining early poem by the comic novelist Graves (best known for The Spiritual Quixote, 1772), member of the Bath circle. This mock encomium of the ‘love of order’ as a principle of virtue and taste ranges from the serious to the burlesque. The second Canto addresses taste in gardening with references to Mason (’Promiscuous blends his sylvan Shades’) and the modern affectation of irregularity in garden design. The reviewer of the Westminster Magazine approved of this point : ‘The satire is well-tim’d and necessary.’ The Monthly Review called it a ‘spirited little poem.’ It is playfully dedicated to a child, one William James of Denford, Berks.
There are several authorial manuscript corrections to the text on pp. 22, 24, 25 and 28. Jackson, p. 21.