A Collection of original Tales, in Verse. In the Manner…

A Collection of original Tales, in Verse. In the Manner of Prior. To which is added, a second Edition of Ducks and Pease; or the Newcastle Rider. Together with the above Story in a Farce of one Act, as it was performed at the Theatre in Pontefract, with great Applause. And several other Originals never before published. by [LUND, John].
YORKSHIRE BARBER–POET

~ A Collection of original Tales, in Verse. In the Manner of Prior. To which is added, a second Edition of Ducks and Pease; or the Newcastle Rider. Together with the above Story in a Farce of one Act, as it was performed at the Theatre in Pontefract, with great Applause. And several other Originals never before published. London: Printed for the Author, and sold by him and J. Lyndley, Bookseller, in Pontefract. 1777.

8vo (193 × 123 mm) in half-sheets, pp. [2], ii, [2], 7–103, [1]; loss of catchwords on I4, M1–3, and N3 (punched out by the type), lower corner of K1 torn away (loss to a couple of words on the verso), some foxing or other marks throughout, final leaf dust-soiled, old inkstamp of Wigan Public Libraries to title verso; recent wrappers.

First edition of this collection, Ducks and Pease having first been published in 1776 (Huntington only in ESTC).

Lund was apparently a barber from Pontefract, where a contemporary declared his satires ‘would not disgrace the pen of a Churchill’ (quoted in Oxford DNB). In his Preface, the poet apologises for the ‘incorrectness’ and ‘strokes of obscenity’ which characterised his earlier publications. ‘Some People may be apt to say, I might better Emply my Time. If I neglected by Business for the Sake of scribling [sic], they might with Justice blame me; but I do assure them they are the Productions of my leisure Hours only... I please myself that, every unbias’d and candid Reader... will excuse my Errors, and be pleased with the Dish of Ducks and Pease I offer them, when I assure them, if I cou’d have cook’d and seasoned them better, to suit their Palates, I most certainly wou’d have done it.’ Not in Jackson.

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