RICHARDS, George. ~ Songs of the Aboriginal Bards of Britain … Oxford: sold by J. Cooke; by G. G. J. and J. Robinson; F. and C. Rivington; T. and J. Egerton; and J. Stockdale, London; and W. Lunn, Cambridge. 1792.
4to (227 × 185 mm), pp. 28; inkblots to title (text unaffected), last page a trifle dusty; disbound.
First edition: a follow-up to the author’s prize-winning The Aboriginal Britons, a Poem (1791), dedicated to Lord Harcourt. Richards (1767–1837) went up to Oxford in 1785. ‘In 1791 George Simon, Earl Harcourt, gave anonymously a prize for an English poem The Aboriginal Britons, which Richards won, and the donor of the prize became his lifelong friend. The poem was printed separately and in sets of Oxford Prize Poems. It was called by Charles Lamb “the most spirited” of these poems, and lauded by Byron in English Bards and Scotch Reviewers; De Morgan described it as “a remarkable youthful production”’ (Oxford DNB). Jackson, p. 163.