Poems, by F. Sayers, M.D. by SAYERS, Frank.

Poems, by F. Sayers, M.D. by SAYERS, Frank.

~ Poems, by F. Sayers, M.D. [Norwich]: Printed at the Norfolk Press by J. Crouse and W. Stevenson, for J. Johnson,... London. 1792.

8vo (205 × 125 mm), pp. [19], 12-200; errata slip pasted to verso of dedication; contemporary calf, gilt, panelled spine, black morocco label; rubbed and darkened, small portion apparently gnawed from fore-edge of upper cover (just affecting endpaper but no other leaves); early full-page Latin inscription (dated 1809) recording the book as a gift or prize at the University of Glasgow.

First edition of this collection, which includes the second edition of Sayer’s Dramatic Sketches of Northern Mythology (1790). ‘Frank Sayers (1763-1817) poet and metaphysician. Nelson was his schoolfellow. He then attended a school conducted by the husband of Mrs Barbauld. Scott and Southey both admired his work, and Southey admitted to Taylor that he was indebted to Sayers for the meter of Madoc’ (Johnson). Jackson, p. 177; Johnson, 798.

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