[Drop-head title:] To Mr. Blore, on his elaborate History of…

[Drop-head title:] To Mr. Blore, on his elaborate History of Winfield... by [LEACROFT, Edward Becher].

~ [Drop-head title:] To Mr. Blore, on his elaborate History of Winfield... [Derby?, 1794].

4to (275 × 222 mm), pp. iii, [1]; a few spots to the first page; unbound, as issued.

ESTC locates 2 copies only: BL and Bodley. Congratulatory verse addressed to Thomas Blore (1764–1818), whose History of the Manor, and Manor-House, of South Winfield, in Derbyshire was published in 1793; the poem also appeared among the preliminary leaves in some copies of Blore’s book (ESTC). ‘BLORE, like another Merlin, I descry!... Into each deep Recess, intent he prys— / And, from each Stone he tears the braided Moss; / True Images of special Note he spies— / And throws o’er Ambiguity a Gloss...’

Leacroft was from Wirksworth, Derbyshire. This is his only appearance in print. Not in Jackson; not in Johnson.

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