POLWHELE, Richard. ~ The English Orator. A didactic Poem. Book the first. The second Edition... Exeter: Printed by R. Thorn, for C. Dilly... London. 1786. 1786
—————. The English Orator. Books the second and third... London: Printed for T. Cadell... and C. Dilly... [1787.] [And:]
—————. The English Orator. Books the fourth... London: Printed for Cadell, Dilly, Wilkie, Rivington, Law, and Buckland, as also for J. Jackson, Litchfield, R. Crutwell, Bath, R. Trewman, Exeter, and M. Haydon and Son, Plymouth. [1789.]
4to (245 × 188 mm), pp. , ii, 45, ; , 93, ; , 49, , 14, plus advertisement leaf; bound with a copy of Samuel Jackson Pratt, Humanity (London, 1788) in contemporary sheep, a scraped in places, upper joint starting but firm.
Second edition of the first part (first published as The Art of Eloquence, London, 1785; BL, Cambridge, Bodley, Illinois only), first edition of the others. The subject is eloquence: at the Bar, in Parliament, and in the pulpit, the ‘argumentative’, ‘ornamental’, and ‘pathetic species’ of oratory. Jackson, pp. 122, 130, and 148. All are scarce: ESTC locates 8 copies of Book 1; 12 copies of Book 2/3; and 8 copies of Book 4.