PYNSENT’S GHOST: (a Parody on the celebrated Ballad of William…

~ PYNSENT’S GHOST: (a Parody on the celebrated Ballad of William and Margaret:)... London: Printed for J. Almon... 1766.

4to (235 × 185 mm) in half-sheets, pp. 13, [3]; complete with half-title and final advertisements leaf (creased); some spotting to half-title, final page dust-soiled; disbound.

Sole edition. When Sir William Pynsent, a Somerset landowner, died in 1765 he left his entire estate to William Pitt, ‘a total stranger, to whom he was not related. His will, dated 20 Oct. 1761, gives no reason for the bequest, merely observing: “I hope he will like my Burton estate, where I now live, well enough to make it his country seat”’ (History of Parliament). In this satire, Pynsent’s ghost appears before ‘the Great Commoner’, now of course a peer and Prime Minister, to arraign him for becoming a lord. The Critical Review called it a work of ‘illiberal scandal’.

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