SMITH, William. ~ The Poetic Works of the Reverend William Smith, D.D. late Dean of Chester: With some Account of the Life and Writings of the Author; By Thomas Crane, Minister of the Parish Church of S. Olave, in Chester, and Chaplain to the right honorable Earl Verney. Chester: Printed for T. Crane, by P. Broster; and sold the booksellers in London. 1788.
12mo (146 × 96 mm), pp. xxvii, , 24; typographical ornaments; title slightly dusty; modern wrappers.
First edition. Noted as a classical scholar, Smith published translations of Longinus, Thucydides and Xenophon and a collection of Nine Sermons on the Beatitudes. ‘Smith died at Chester on 12 January 1787 and was buried in the south aisle of the cathedral where a memorial was erected by his wife [the inscription of which is reproduced in the Poetic Works]. ‘Smith’s friend Thomas Crane issued the posthumous Poetic Works of William Smith, D.D. (1788) including a brief memoir of the author, a paraphrase of John Downe’s Third Satyr, and other trifles in verse, some of which had previously appeared in the Gentleman's Magazine’ (Oxford DNB). The first and longest of poems in the volume is a description of Knowsley, the seat of the Earl of Derby, not mentioned by Aubin. Jackson, p. 143; not in Johnson.