The old English Gentleman, a Poem... by POLWHELE, Richard.

~ The old English Gentleman, a Poem... London: Printed for Cadell and Davies... Johnson... and Dilly... 1797.

8vo (214 × 128 mm), pp. [4], vii, [1], 146; complete with the half-title, but without the final advertisement leaf; recent boards.

First edition, set in Polwhele’s native Cornwall. ‘The idea of a character now almost extinct in this island, gave rise to the following Poem; in which I conceived the design of exhibiting the manners of the last century in a country gentleman of family, as contradistinguished from those of borough-mongers, merchants and miners’ (Advertisement). Jackson, p 216.

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