[MARRIOTT, Sir James]. ~ Poems written chiefly at the University of Cambridge; together with an Oration upon the History and Genius of the Roman and Canon Laws, with a Comparison of the Laws of England, spoken in the Chapel at Trinity-Hall, Cambridge, December 21, 1756. [Half-title:] Printed by James Bettenham, [London] 1760.
8vo (233 × 142 mm), pp. , viii, viii, , 156; with an engraved frontispiece by Walker after Marriott and 6 further engraved vignettes in the text, five after Marriott; title printed in red and black; a fine copy, printed on thick paper, in contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt, morocco label; lightly rubbed only, short crack to upper joint at head.
First edition, with a long dedicatory poem to Queen Charlotte. The collection comprises both original compositions and translations (from Horace, Petrarch, Frederick the Great), with the original texts printed facing the English. Marriott (1730–1803), an ‘insatiable suitor for patronage’ (Oxford DNB), later became Master of Trinity Hall, King’s Advocate, Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge, and MP for Sudbury. In the year of this publication he made an ill-fated attempt to woo the future Mrs Thrale.