ACADEMIC TRIFLES. A Collection of poetical Pieces... By a Gentleman…

~ ACADEMIC TRIFLES. A Collection of poetical Pieces... By a Gentleman of Oxford. London: Printed and sold by E. Johnson... 1778.

4to (259 × 211 mm) in half-sheets, pp. 37, [1]; first and last pages finger- and dust-soiled, waterstaining to lower third of the book block; disbound.

Sole edition, scarce. Student verse—‘A Remonstrance for a new Gown’, ‘Ode to Sleep’—mingles here with a sonnet dedicated to Philip Hayes, the irascible (and famously corpulent) Professor of Music at Oxford, and verse translations from Horace. There is talk of books, too: the Prologue depicts the poet ‘lock’d up in prison dark / Of a Bureau... / With journals, letters, speaking flimsy love, / With countless bills unpaid, vile manuscripts!... I now, escap’d from bondage vile, spring forth, / In neatest type and finest paper cloath’d...’ Jackson, p. 60.

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