COLMAN, George, the younger. ~ My Night-Gown and Slippers; or Tales in Verse. Written in an Elbow-Chair... London. Printed for T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies... 1797.
4to (265 × 215 mm), pp. , 33, ; complete with half-title; a few spots in the margins; disbound.
First edition of a popular collection, which enjoyed a number of editions. Three of the poems here—‘The Maid of the Moor, or the Water-fiends’, ‘The Newcastle Apothecary’, and ‘Lodgings for Single Gentleman’—were intended for performance at the Haymarket Theatre, of which Colman was manager. ‘The whole performance (for reasons unnecessary to mention, here) was relinquished. But, as it is my custom to avoid the accumulation of my own papers, in my Bureau, I hold it more adviseable to print my three Stories (light as they are) than to burn them.’ Jackson, p. 219.