An Epistle to William Hogarth... The second Edition. by CHURCHILL,…

~ An Epistle to William Hogarth... The second Edition. London: Printed for the Author, and sold by J. Coote... and by J. Gardiner... 1763.

4to (237 × 183 mm) in half-sheets, pp. [4], 31, [1]; complete with half-title; ink inscriptions from a contemporary lending library to the half-title (trimmed), first and last pages a little dusty; disbound.

Second edition, published the same year as the first, the issue with, on p. 14, ‘lye’ as the final word of the eighteenth line and the catchword ‘Hast’ (rather than ‘lie’ and ‘Hadst’).

Churchill was a close friend of John Wilkes, writing for The North Briton and attacking its opponents with satirical verse. The target here is Hogarth, in retaliation for his famous caricature of Wilkes; it contains ‘such ridicule of Hogarth’s bodily infirmities that Garrick declared [it] “the most bloody performance that has been publish’d in my time”... Hogarth replied on 1 August 1763 with a caricature of Churchill as a drunken bear, in clerical bands with a pot of porter, wielding a huge club marked “Lies and North Britons”, while Hogarth’s pug pisses on the Epistle...’ (Oxford DNB).

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