Clifton: a Poem, in two Cantos. Including Bristol and all…

~ Clifton: a Poem, in two Cantos. Including Bristol and all its Environs... Bristol: Printed by E. Farley and Co. for the Author: and sold in London by Dodsley... Walters... Davies... Kearsley... and Almon... and by the Booksellers of Bristol and Bath. 1667 [i.e. 1767].

4to (256 × 205 mm), pp. [4], 44; lower half of final leaf torn away, with loss to about 9 lines on penultimate page; some old paper repairs to inner margin, first and last pages dust-soiled, ‘1st Bundle’ in early ms ink at head of title; disbound.

First edition, rare: ESTC locates 4 copies only (BL, Cambridge, Harvard, Michigan). Jones (1721–1770) was an Irish poet and playwright, and a protégé of Lord Chesterfield until drink and dissipation got the better of him. Aubin notes how, in Clifton, Jones ‘embraces virtually every motif known to local verse and expresses current taste in a frequently arresting manner. His is as good an example of a Claude Lorrain in verse as the century affords’ (p. 174). Aubin, Topographical Poetry, p. 337.

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