STEWART, Charles Edward. ~ A Collection of Trifles in Verse. By the Rev. Charles Edward Stewart, A. M. Rector Of Wakes Colne, Essex, And Chaplain To The Earl Of Upper Ossory. Sudbury: Printed by J. Burkitt. 1797.
4to (257 × 182 mm), pp. xxiv, 98; ornaments to title and final leaf; uncut in the original marbled stiff paper wrappers; uncut edges slightly browned; wrappers a bit dusty but an appealing, unsophisticated copy.
First edition of an attractive Suffolk imprint, with subscribers including Burke, Pitt, Fuseli, Paley and Young. The Trifles open with an ‘Epistle to the Right Honourable Edmund Burke on his Reflections on the Revolution of France...’ and also include an ‘Epilogue for Mrs. Bellamy’ [the actress] and two turf-related fragments: ‘On a Decision at Newmarket’ and ‘On the Death of Johnny, a Racer’. The Gentleman’s Magazine reviewer was benevolent, noting that the personal poems were written ‘from the heart’. Jackson, p. 216; not in Johnson.