HOPE, John. ~ Thoughts, in Prose and Verse, started, in his Walks, by John Hope... Stockton: Printed by R. Christopher: and sold at London by W. Goldsmith... Richardson and Urquhart... John Donaldson... and T. Durham... 1780.
8vo (206 × 128 mm) in half-sheets, pp. xvi, 249, , plus final blank; complete with half-title; some light offsetting; recent quarter calf, vellum tips.
Sole edition, a provincial imprint, dedicated to the Officers of the Northamptonshire Militia. ‘If there be any entertainment in this Book, it ought particularly to be presented to You; for the Thoughts, contained in it, were mostly started in my agreeable Walks in your County’ (pp. v–vi).
The author had been an MP, but was ousted from his seat due to his support for John Wilkes. As a writer he contributed mainly to magazines, and some of his pieces are reprinted here. Hope’s thoughts (in prose), ‘happily conceived and perspicuously expressed’ (London Review), take in patriotism, horsemanship, painting, architecture, music and dancing, etc.; among the verse we find ‘An Occasional Prologue, spoken at the Opening of a Country Theatre’ and ‘On the Death of the Reverend Mr. L. Sterne, Author of the Sentimental Journey, &c.’ Jackson, p. 84; not in Johnson.