CRISPIN, Theophilus, ‘a Northumbrian’, pseud. ~ Advice to the Advised; or, The Philosopher confuted; in a poetical Dialogue, between William Shuttle, the Weaver,—Thomas Thimble, the Taylor,—and his Wife Peggy; never before made public... Newcastle: Printed for the Author by S. Hodgson; and sold by E. Charnley & Son, Newcastle,—Wilkinson, Morpeth,—and Messrs Longman & Rees, London. 1803.
8vo (227 × 140 mm) in half-sheets, pp. 12; mild spotting throughout, old ink inscription at foot of final page; uncut, some old sewing.
Sole edition of a ‘successful and facetious laugh’ (British Critic) at William Burdon’s Advice, addressed to the lower Ranks of Society (1803) on the benefits Napoleon might bring to the poor if he invaded Britain. Burdon came from Newcastle, and this reply is written with a suitable Geordie brogue. Not in Jackson; not in Johnson, Provincial Poetry. Rare: OCLC locates only 3 copies (BL, National Library of Scotland, Newberry).