[PYE, Henry James]. ~ Beauty, a poetical Essay. In Three Parts. London, Printed for T. Becket and P. A. De Hondt... 1766.
4to (250 × 195 mm), pp. , 26; first and last pages dust-soiled (particularly in the margins of p. 26), ms ink number (presumably a shelfmark) to title; disbound, two leaves loose, one creased, a few small chips to title.
First edition of a very early work by Pye, tracing the beauty of nature, women, and the soul. ‘Every part of this composition is equally poetic, the descriptions elegant, and the numbers flowing’ (Critical Review).
Pye was poet laureate from 1790 until his death in 1813, this, his first separate publication, following some verse in an Oxford congratulatory volume on the birth of the Prince of Wales in 1762.