[HOMER, Philip Bracebridge]. ~ The Garland; a Collection of Poems... Oxford: Printed for C. S. Rann... and sold by Robson and Clarke... and Murray... London; and likewise by the Booksellers at Coventry, Birmingham, and Warwick. [ 1788.]
4to (274 × 212 mm), pp. , 39, ; complete with half-title; scattered light foxing throughout, chips to a few leaves; disbound.
First edition of the author’s first book, a collection of twenty poems published when he was 23. Rare: 6 locations in ESTC (BL, Birmingham, Cambridge, Bodley (2 copies), Huntington, Yale).
Homer (1765–1838) became an assistant master at Rugby School at 1785, remaining there for 37 years. ‘While at Oxford, Homer gained a literary reputation, contributing in 1787 to the miscellany Olla Podrida edited by his Magdalen contemporary Thomas Monro. A collection of poems, The Garland, followed in 1788, and his Anthologia (1789), including verse which he had previously published in the Gentleman’s Magazine, gained the high opinion of Thomas Burgess’ (Oxford DNB). Jackson, p. 139; Zachs, The First John Murray 661.