[HURDIS, James]. ~ The Village Curate, a Poem... London: Printed for J. Johnson... 1788.
8vo (195 × 118 mm), pp. , 144; without the half-title; some pencil underlining and marginal marks; contemporary Spanish-style calf, spine rubbed, label chipped; early ink ownership inscriptions of Louisa Carter and Gertrude B. Etheridge (dated 1867).
Scarce first edition of Hurdis’s best-known work, a ‘blissful evocation of the Wealden landscape’ (Oxford DNB). ‘Poets... (true poets), are very sparingly scattered; but when they do appear, they are easily distinguished from the scribbling herd. Fortunately, the present author is entitled to this distinction. He sees, thinks, and writes, for himself: he knows the sentiments of others, but he gives us of his own...’ (Monthly Review). Aubin, p. 84; Jackson, p. 145.