[PRATT, Ellis]. ~ The Art of Dressing the Hair. A Poem. Humbly inscribed to the Members of the T[uesday]. N[ight]. Club. By E. P. Philocosm. And late Hair-dresser to the said Society... Bath: Printed by R. Cruttwell, for the Author; and sold by W. Frederick, H. Leake, and W. Taylor, Booksellers, in Bath; and Messrs. Carnan and Newbery... London. 1770.
4to (248 × 206 mm) in half-sheets, pp. 18, plus final blank; short wormtrack to lower corner, just touching a the odd letter; some light fingersoiling; recent marbled wrappers; booklabel of W. S. Lewis on title verso and a pencil note that the book was bought from Peter Murray Hill in 1948, for £2 10s.
First edition. ‘This poem is not so didactic as we might expect it would be, from its name; but this we do not consider as a defect, because no man who can relish a good poem pays any regard to the minute rules of hair-dressing. We hope the title page of the piece is not without its poetry, or fiction: the author of it should never have been a hair-dresser, as he says he once was: the man who can write such fine verses, should never have thrown away his time on adjusting the inferior and insignificant elegance of a coxcomb’ (Critical Review). Jackson, p. 1; Roscoe A422. ESTC locates 12 copies.