HAYES, Samuel. ~ Duelling: a Poem... Cambridge: Printed by J. Archdeacon, Printer to the University; for T. &. J. Merrill, in Cambridge; J. Dodsley... J. Robson & Co.... B. White... J. Wilkie... F. Knight... and W. Ginger [in London]... and J. &. J. Fletcher, and D. Prince, at Oxford. 1775.
4to (273 × 216 mm), pp. , 21, ; stab-holes from former stitching; early ink ownership inscription to title.
First edition. The Seatonian Prize poem for 1775, which exposes ‘the folly and enormity of duelling, in a style both pathetic and elevated’ (Critical Review). Another similarly-titled poem (another entry for the Prize that year) was published in London.
In all, Hayes, for many years Usher at Westminster School, won the Prize seven times. Jackson, p. 36.