An Epistle from Lady Jane Gray to Lord Guilford Dudley.…

~ An Epistle from Lady Jane Gray to Lord Guilford Dudley. Supposed to have been written in the Tower, a few Days before they suffered... London, Printed for R. and J. Dodsley... 1762.

4to (260 × 213 mm), pp. viii, 19, [1]; complete with half-title; disbound.

First edition, dedicated to Mary Lepell, Baroness Dowager Hervey of Ickworth. ESTC records a sole copy, at Göttingen, of an edition dated ‘1757’, same pagination, but this is presumably a ghost.

‘Lady Jane Gray hath ever been regarded, as one of the most amiable and perfect Characters, that the Records of any Nation have delivered down to Posterity. The Circumstances of her Life are uncommon, if not unexampled, and her Misfortunes are singular, as was the Fortitude with which she sustained them; all conspiring to render her a fit Subject for this Species of Heroic Poetry, of which we have but few Pieces in our Language...’ (Advertisement). Keate himself was descended from Catherine Seymour, sister of Lady Jane Grey.

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