MUSES. ~ THE MUSE’S BLOSSOMS: or, juvenile Poems... London: Printed for W. Frederick, at Bath; and sold by J. Robinson and Roberts [in London]... 1769.
8vo (213 × 127 mm) in half-sheets, pp. , 58; light spotting to the title; recent marbled wrappers.
First edition: a collection of poems written by an anonymous author between the ages of 11 and 19. If the first poem ‘was indeed written at that age [i.e. 11], it is a prodigy; the language is correct, the versification harmonious, and the descriptions are animated... The subject is, his having been saved from correction at school by the arrival of the news of the battle of Minden. His crime was eating tarts at the pastry-cook’s when he should have been reading Homer... It appears by this little work that the Author has now procured a commission in the army, and bid farewell to the Muses’ (Monthly Review). Rare: ESTC locates 11 copies (including 4 at the Bodleian), of which only 4 are in the US: Cornell, Folger, Rice, and Texas.