Amabella, a Poem. by [JERNINGHAM, Edward].

~ Amabella, a Poem. London: Printed for J. Robson, Bookseller... 1768.

4to (258 × 207 mm), pp. 19, [1]; woodcut title vignette; light spotting and dust-soiling to first and last pages; ms ink number (a shelfmark?) to title; disbound, traces of old wrapper to inner margin of title.

First edition, dedicated to Elizabeth Montagu, ‘wrote’, as it was, ‘at her suggestion’. ‘The subject of this poem is founded upon a circumstance that happened during the late war. A young lady, not meeting with the concurrence of her relations in favour of an officer for whom she expressed her regard, was prevailed upon, by his solicitations, to consent to a clandestine marriage; which took place on the day he sat [sic] out to join his regiment abroad, where he was unfortunately killed in an engagement’ (Advertisement).

Printed in a curious square type, slightly reminiscent of the Baskerville press.

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