LAW, Samuel. ~ A domestic Winter-Piece: or, a Poem, exhibiting a full View of the Author’s Dwelling-Place in the Winter-Season. In two Parts. Interspersed with a great Variety of Entertaining Reflections... Leeds: Printed by James Bowling. 1772.
8vo (189 × 119 mm) in half-sheets, pp. viii, –63, ; complete with half-title; additional errata printed on a slip and pasted below the original Errata on the final page; marks to final page; disbound.
Sole edition. ESTC locates 8 copies only (BL (2 copies), Cambridge, Leeds, Bodley, Illinois, Texas, Yale).
Law, of Barewise, near Todmorden, Lancashire, describes himself as a ‘poor, mean, and contemptible Weaver, who did not so much as know the alphabet perfectly well, when my twenty-first annual sun was rolled away’. He has led a hard life and is entirely self-taught, ‘purely by my own industry... in my very few, my short-lived leisure hours’. Taking Thomson’s Winter as his model, and writing in iambic pentameter—though Law thinks blank verse a more suitable form ‘because Winter is too grand, and too nervous a topic to be handled in chiming strains’—he describes the ‘very remarkable country wherein I dwell’. The poem was apparently published by subscription, though no list of subscribers was printed. Not found in Aubin, Topographical Poetry; not in Jackson; not in Johnson.