The Diabo-Lady: or, a Match in Hell. A Poem. Dedicated…

~ The Diabo-Lady: or, a Match in Hell. A Poem. Dedicated to the worst Woman in Her Majesty’s Dominions... London: Printed for Fielding and Walker... 1777.

4to (255 × 204 mm) in half-sheets, pp. [4], iv, 20; complete with half-title; disbound.

First edition. The Dedication is signed ‘Belphegor’. According to some sources, this is not by Combe at all, but the first of a number of imitations to be published in the wake of The Diaboliad. Contemporary critics were similarly uncertain: ‘We are at a loss to determine whether to attribute this Poem to the Author of the former one, or no. There is the same spirit and genius apparent in both; and though the first has the merit of invention in its favour, the latter abounds rather more in persons, characters, and incidents...’ (Westminster Magazine). Jackson, p. 52.

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