Warley: a Satire. Addressed to the First Artist in Europe...…

~ Warley: a Satire. Addressed to the First Artist in Europe... Part the first. London: Printed for D. Brown... October, 1778.

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[—————]. The second Part of Warley: a Satire. Containing a curious Detail of the Operations of the Grand Army during the Royal Review: and interspersed with a Variety of Fresh Characters. Addressed to the First Artist in Europe... London: Printed for D. Brown... November, 1778.

2 parts in one vol., 4to (256 × 192 mm) in half-sheets, pp. [2], 25, [1], with ‘A Methodist Sermon’ on pp. 21–5; [2], 28, 26–27, ‘32’, 29–32, [1] (complete); title-pages and final page a little soiled; nineteenth-century half morocco, rubbed; Carlingford ownership inscription and armorial bookplate; later booklabel of John Sparrow.

First edition of both parts of the author’s first book, a satire on the military reviews at Warley in Essex. The ‘First Artist in Europe’ is Sir Joshua Reynolds, of whom Huddesford was a pupil, and later a patron.

‘Fanny Burney called it “This vile Poem” and was much distressed at its revelation of her authorship of Evelina and its use of Samuel Johnson’s private description of her as “dear little Burney”’ (Oxford DNB). It could, of course, have been the context: (addressing the Poetasters) ‘Will your scurrilous dogg’rel a dinner ensure ye, / Or the fee-simple pay of your Manor of Drury? / Will your metre a Council engage or Attorney, / Or gain approbation from dear little Burney? / Will the Doctor receive it instead of gold sterling? / Will a Billingsgate Beauty exchange it for her ling?’ (Second Part, p. 28) Jackson, p. 67 & 66.

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