MICKLE, William Julius. ~ Poems, and a Tragedy... London: Printed by A. Paris... for Egerton... Richardson... and Fletcher, Oxford. [ 1794.]
4to (273 × 208 mm), pp. , lii, 334; with an engraved frontispiece portrait by Skelton after Taylor; crease to title, but a fine copy in contemporary marbled calf by Kalthoeber, short crack to upper joint at head, flat spine ornately gilt, green morocco label.
First edition, published posthumously by subscription for the benefit of Mickle’s son. This is a subscriber’s copy: Archibald Brownlee, merchant, of Lisbon, who later passed it on to N. Williams (inscribed thus by Williams on the title).
Mickle, translator of Camoens, led a full life, full of bitter literary spats, notably with Garrick (though ‘Stanzas on Mr. Garrick’ are included here), Hume, and Adam Smith. Jackson, p. 193. ESTC lists two issues, with and without a date on the title. This undated one is the scarcer: All Souls, Bodley, Ohio State and Rice only.