Written on various Occasions, and different Subjects. By the least,…

~ Written on various Occasions, and different Subjects. By the least, the lowest of the tuneful Train. Glocester: Printed by R. Raikes, for Evans and Hazell... Glocester; and W. North, Brecon. 1782.

8vo (180 × 117 mm) in half-sheets, pp. xxiv, 127, [1]; closed tear to F1; recent boards.

First edition, with a long list of subscribers. A provincial collection, sometimes attributed to Joseph Hankes. Pieces include ‘To Mr. Pine, history painter, written on reading a libel against him’ and ‘Elegy. Written in a bookseller’s lumber room’:

Behold these volumes, tumbled in the dust,—
Here massive folios all inglorious lie;
Here bulky quartos, every bandage burst;
With squat octavos, and the smaller fry.

Yet these their authors fondly hop’d would live
’Till Time himself should break his scythe in twain;
That prince posterity applause would give—
Alas! they hop’d but all their hopes were vain... Jackson, p. 95. Scarce: 12 copies in ESTC (Cornell, Harvard, Huntington, Newberry, Clark, and Illinois in America).

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