[ANSTEY, Christopher]. ~ Liberality; or, the decayed Macaroni. A sentimental Piece. Printed for the Author: and sold by Messrs. Dodsley, Robson, Cadell, and Dilly, London; Prince and Cook, at Oxford; Merril, at Cambridge; and Hazard, at Bath... [ 1788].
4to (228 × 185 mm), pp. 12; with an engraving of William Dodd to p. ; dust-soiled to final page where previously folded; early inscription to title cropped; disbound.
First edition. Two others followed. This is Anstey’s contribution to the literature surrounding ‘the unfortunate Dr Dodd’— the Reverend Dr William Dodd (1729–1777), or ‘Macaroni Parson’ as he was dubbed—convicted and sentenced to death for forging a bond for £4200 in the name of his former pupil, Lord Chesterfield, to clear his debts. Though famously supported in his efforts to win a reprieve by Samuel Johnson, Dodd was unsuccessful and he became the last man to be hanged at Tyburn. Jackson, p. 140.