The New-River Head. A Tale attempted in the Manner of…

~ The New-River Head. A Tale attempted in the Manner of Mr. C. Denis. And inscribed to John Wilkes, Esq.... London: Printed for G. Kearsley... and W. Flexney... 1763.

4to (257 × 208 mm), pp. [2], 19, [1]; first and last pages dust-soiled, title-page ragged, the odd spot; disbound, final leaf loose.

Sole edition. A mildly obscene poem, with passing references to Pope, Swift, and Sterne. Lloyd (1733–1764) had been at Westminster School with Colman and Cowper, and when he returned to London after Cambridge he became acquainted with, among others, Garrick (the inspiration for Lloyd’s popular poem The Actor, 1760), Churchill (another friend from Westminster) and, through him, John Wilkes, the dedicatee here. ESTC locates Bodley as the only UK copy, not found in the BL catalogue.

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