Threnodia: or, an Elegy on the unexpected and unlamented Death…

~ Threnodia: or, an Elegy on the unexpected and unlamented Death of the M—— of B——; faithfully done into modern English from the genuine Manuscript in the Grubstreet Vatican. And now publish’d, together with the original Proeme, and Annotations... Oxford: Printed for W. Lumm, and Kit. Robbison; and sold by the Booksellers in Town and Country. 1753.

4to (226 × 184 mm) in half-sheets, pp. 16; light spots to title; disbound.

Sole edition, rare. A satire on Theophilus Leigh (Jane Austen’s great-uncle), Master of Balliol College, Oxford, for his part in the County electioneering of 1753. The imprint is apparently fictitious, and the poem even features the invented booksellers ‘Lumm and Kit’, described in the Annotations at the end as ‘two most excellent and useful Persons... being both Hawkers of Scandal and Publishers of News, true and false; both Scavengers, that is, Collectors of Filth...’ (p. 12). ESTC locates 7 copies only (BL, three copies in Oxford, Cornell, North Texas, Yale).

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