THE CAMP GUIDE: in a Series of Letters, from Ensign…

~ THE CAMP GUIDE: in a Series of Letters, from Ensign Tommy Toothpick, to Lady Sarah Toothpick, and from Miss Nelly Brisk, to Miss Gadabout. London: Printed for Fielding and Walker... 1778.

4to (263 × 208 mm) in half-sheets, pp. iv, 20; printing flaw to final page, where leaf was creased in the press (sense unaffected), dirty smudge to p. 13; disbound.

Sole edition, scarce, dedicated to the Duchess of Devonshire. A close imitation of Anstey’s popular New Bath Guide (1766), but satirizing contemporary army camp life. ‘The names of the personages may give some idea of their characters; but such as are desirous of farther acquaintance with them, may resort to the camp, where, we doubt not, the originals form a considerable number’ (Critical Review). The enormous Coxheath Camp, near Maidstone in Kent, had become something of an attraction in 1778 with its large-scale mock battles etc., receiving visits from the George III, Queen Charlotte and, as related here, the famous Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. Jackson, p. 60.

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