[HUDDESFORD, George]. ~ Salmagundi; a miscellaneous Combination of original Poetry: consisting of Illusions of Fancy; amatory, elegiac, lyrical, epigrammatical, and other palatable Ingredients... London: Printed by T. Bensley... for T. Payne... B. White and Son... and J. Debret... 1791.
4to (285 × 225 mm), pp. , 151, ; with additional engraved title; uncut in contemporary marbled boards, paper spine darkened, upper board all but off, printed paper label to front cover; inkstamp of W. G. Michell to the engraved title and front flyleaf, outer corner of front free endpaper cut away.
First edition, edited and chiefly written by Huddesford. The dedicatee is Richard Wyatt of Milton Place, Surrey.
‘That savoury Italian hotch-potch... is described by Johnson, in his Dictionary, as a compound of chopped meat, pickled herrings, onions, oil, vinegar, and pepper. Our readers may hence expect, from the singular title of this book, to hear of a “combination” of poetry, of various qualities... nor will they be wholly disappointed: for, in this literary salmagundi, they will be regaled with the CHOPPED MEAT of epigram, song, and epitaph,—The fragrance of the ONION will be found in the courtship between London barber and a fish-girl;—the PICKLED HERRING, with the PEPPER and VINEGAR, prevail in the heroic ballad of John W***ES; —and the OIL softly and smoothly flows in the amatory odes, and the elegies... The poems, thus fancifully introduced to the notice of the public, have... for the most part, very considerable merit; and some of them may boast a great degree of excellence...’ (Monthly Review). Jackson, p. 170.