Poems... by JAMES, Charles.

~ Poems... London: Printed by J. Davis... and sold, for the Author, by J. Debrett... 1792.

Royal 8vo (250 × 155 mm), pp. xlix, [3], 360; with an engraved frontispiece portrait by Skelton after Russell, ‘Crayon Painter to His Majesty’, 5 further plates by Skelton after Riley, and 4 pages of engraved music (‘The Bee. For the Voice and Piano-forte’); printed on good-quality paper; uncut and partly unopened in the original marbled boards, paper spine, perished in places.

Scarce first edition, dedicated to the Prince of Wales, reprinting some earlier pieces (on which ‘correction has not been spared’); ‘others, which now appear for the first time, have been reviewed with all the judgment I possess, and all the care I could bestow’ (Advertisement). The author was an army officer and ‘a very productive writer’ (Oxford DNB).

‘This very elegant volume recommends itself to the public attention and favour, not only by the beautiful manner in which it is printed, and the engravings with which it is decorated, but by the merits of the various poetry which it contains’ (European Magazine). Jackson, p. 177.

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