PENROSE, Thomas. ~ Flights of Fancy... London, printed: and sold by J. Walter... and J. Willis at Newbury. 1775.
4to (250 × 200 mm), pp. 22; a few page numbers cropped; small stain to title; later wrappers.
First edition of one of Penrose’s chief poetical works, comprising ‘The Helmets’, ‘The Carousal of Odin’, and ‘Madness’. ‘We have hitherto known nothing of Mr. Penrose as a poet; but that he has abilities, that he has genius, is evident from this publication’ (Monthly Review). The Critical Review found the verse ‘distinguished by lively description, glowing sentiment, and animated versification’.
‘The Helmets’ is set near Donington Castle, ‘in a House built after the Gothic Taste, upon a Spot famous for a bloody Encounter between the Armies of Charles and the Parliament. The Prognostication alludes to Civil Dissention, which some have foretold would arise in England, in Consequence of the Disputes with America’. Jackson, p. 37.