English Lyricks. by [SMYTH, William].

English Lyricks. by [SMYTH, William]. < >

~ English Lyricks. Liverpool: Printed by J. M’Creery, and sold by Cadell and Davies, and Crane and Jones, Liverpool. 1797.

8vo (220 × 135 mm), pp. [2], 60, complete with the half-title; contemporary dark calf, gilt, panelled spine with lyre and trumpet tools; slightly rubbed; early presentation inscription, ‘M:M: White / The gift of Mr: C: Peers [?]; a very good copy.

First edition (four more followed). An attractive Liverpool production, with an elegant wood engraved title vignette with harp and trumpet (echoed by the tools used for the spine, suggestive of a publisher’s binding). The Analytical Review was most enthusiastic: ‘The tones of this harp are indeed most sweet, and the chords of it are struck by a hand, well-skilled to soften or to swell the sound, to vary and accommodate the measure, as the subject of the song requires’.

Smyth was professor of Modern History at Cambridge. Jackson, p. 217; Johnson, 847.

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