Extracts from the Album, at Streatham; or, Ministerial Amusements. To…

~ Extracts from the Album, at Streatham; or, Ministerial Amusements. To which are added, the Bulse, a Pindaric Ode: and Jekyll, an Eclogue. London: Printed for J. Ridgway... 1788.

8vo (198 × 116 mm), pp. vii, [1], 59, [1], complete with the half-title; the letter ‘J’ of Jekyll on title-page punched out; old marbled boards, leather spine with crest of Sir Edward W. Watkin (and his armorial bookplate); a good copy.

First edition of this collection of Whig satires on the inactivity of the Tory ministry. At least Jekyll and perhaps the whole work is by Richardson. The ‘Extracts’ purportedly come from an album from Mr. Steele’s house at Streatham, a noted Tory haunt where ‘each sabbath was spent in debate;... dispatches were dispatched without number, and without end, until Ministers had accomplished their own wise purposes... and, to use an appropriate line of the late Dr Johnson; “Had killed the yet unanimated young”’.

There were three further editions and a Dublin reprint in 1788-9, but the first edition is uncommon. Jackson, p. 139.

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