[COMBE, William]. ~ The Justification: a Poem. By the Author of the Diaboliad... London: Printed for the Author: and sold by J. Bew... and H. Gardner... 1777.
4to (273 × 215 mm), pp. , vii, , 39, ; complete with half-title; some spotting throughout; disbound.
First edition. ‘An animated dialogue between the Poet and his noble Friend... in which he strenuously endeavours to convince Mr. **** of the odium and danger of writing satire. On the other hand, the Bard declares and justifies his resolution to proceed in this obnoxious walk of poetry, in defiance of all opposition, and every effort of open or secret revenge... [but] instead of convincing the poet, ‘of the error of his way,’ the Poet convinces my Lord that satire may give some check to vice, and effect some reformation, where both the influence of religion and the terrors of the law may fail...’ (Monthly Review). Jackson, p. 54.