Elegies... by MASON, William.

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~ Elegies... London, Printed for Robert Horsfield... sold by R. and J. Dodsley... and C. Marsh... Also by W. Thurlbourn and J. Woodyer in Cambridge; W. Tesseyman, in York; and W. Ward, in Sheffield. 1763.

4to (285 × 220 mm), pp. [4], 22, plus final blank; complete with the half-title; uncut and stab-sewn, as issued.

First edition of these early pieces by Mason, written when he was still at Cambridge: ‘To a young Nobleman leaving the University’ (Lord John Cavendish, to whom Mason had been a private tutor), ‘Written in the Garden of a Friend’ (John Wood, Mason’s contemporary at St John’s), and ‘On the Death of a Lady’ (the noted beauty, the Countess of Coventry, who died of consumption, aged 27, in 1760). Gaskell 7.

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