ROBERTS, [William Hayward]. ~ Judah Restored: a Poem. In Six Books. By Dr. Roberts, of Eton College. London: Printed for J. Wilkie; T. Payne; W. Frederic, at Bath; J. Woodyer, at Cambridge; and J. Pote, at Eton. 1774.
2 vols, 8vo (179 × 115 mm), pp. xxii, , 113, ; , 151,  including half-titles and terminal blanks to both vols; contemporary full red morocco, gilt, sides with floral borders, panelled spines with bird and goblet and urn tools, lettered direct, gilt edges; very slight rubbing with a couple of minor abrasions to the spine; later armorial bookplates (Cecil Roberts); a handsome copy.
First edition. ‘Chief among Roberts’s poetical works is his long poem, Judah Restored: a Poem, in Six Books... which was commended by Southey as one of the inspirations behind Thalaba. In his preface... Roberts modestly denies his poem the name of epic, on the grounds that it has no single hero; but its style, structure, and allusions (duly annotated to display the author’s considerable learning) mark it as an attempt to write a heroic poem in blank verse on a biblical theme after the example of Milton. The poem relates the return of the Jews from the Babylonian captivity...’ (Oxford DNB). Jackson, p. 30.