The Dreamer... by [KING, William].

~ The Dreamer... London: Printed for W. Owen... 1754.

[bound with:]

[—————]. A Translation of the Latin Epistle in the Dreamer... London: Printed for Jacob Robinson... 1754.

2 works in one vol., 8vo (200 × 123 mm) in half-sheets, pp. [4], xxxii, 33–240, xxviii, 14 (‘Advertisement by the Bookseller’), [2], complete with final advertisement leaf; [2], xi, [12]–28; well-preserved contemporary full calf, spine gilt in compartments.

First editions. The Dreamer, a collection of satirical essays (in prose), is notable for including the first printing of Swift’s long poem ‘The Answer’, written in 1728 in reply to an epigram by Swift’s friend, the ‘polite and elegant scholar’ Robert Lindsay, ‘which hath been communicated to me by a particular friend; and which I here present to my reader, since it has never been published in any edition of the Dean’s works’ (p. 81).

The Jacobite principal of St Mary Hall, Oxford, King is best known for his long, vitriolic poem The Toast (1732), which Swift, the dedicatee, praised as ‘very malicious and worth reading’. In 1755 he had the honour of delivering to Samuel Johnson the diploma of Master of Arts which Oxford awarded him on the publication of the Dictionary. Rothschild 1302; Teerinck-Scouten 1623.

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