THE OPTIMIST: or Satire in Good-Humour. by OPTIMIST.

~ THE OPTIMIST: or Satire in Good-Humour. London: Printed for J. Almon... 1774.

4to (260 × 210 mm) in half-sheets, pp. 15, [1]; light browning to title; disbound.

Sole edition, scarce. ‘The Times again! But this is an honest whoresbird of a Muse, and, like a debauched parrot, joins in the black dialect. The poem is an ironical recommendation of the fashionable vices, not destitute of ease or humour’ (Monthly Review). Among those contemporary figures included is James Boswell: ‘in that sacred name / Can satire find a theme to blame?’ (p. 9). Jackson, p. 31.

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