[OGILVIE, John]. ~ Solitude: or, the Elysium of the Poets, a Vision; to which is subjoined an Elegy... London, Printed for G. Burnett... 1765.
4to (240 × 188 mm), pp. viii, 64; with an engraved dedication leaf by Sutter, to the Earl of Hopetoun; leaves lightly toned, stain to the lower corner of D4; contemporary quarter calf, rubbed, spine chipped at extremities, Dutch gilt paper sides, vellum tips; early ownership inscription of James Young, who has added a note beneath Ogilvie’s presentation inscription: ‘This book was sold by auction by Mr. Peter Farquharson, Advocate, Abdn.’
First edition, this copy inscribed ‘To The Reverend Doctor George Campbel [sic] in testimony of Esteem From the Author’ on the front free endpaper. Campbell (1719–1796) was a prominent Scottish divine, much admired in his day for his Dissertation on Miracles (1762), one of the chief replies to Hume’s famous Essay.
The purpose of the principal poem in this volume is described by the author in his introduction as an attempt ‘to give the English reader an idea, in as short a compass as possible, of the character, merit, and discriminating excellencies of the most eminent British Poets.’ Six poets are singled out in particular: Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, Ossian, and Pope; there are shorter notices of Denham, Cowley, Waller, and Dryden. At the end is a short elegy to the memory of James, Earl of Findlater and Seafield, Lord Vice-Admiral of Scotland.