WOODHOUSE, James. ~ Poems on Several Occasions. By James Woodhouse, Journeyman Shoemaker. The Second Edition, corrected, with several additional Pieces never before published. To the Whole is prefixed, a List of his generous Benefactors on the former Publication, and the Subscribers to the present Edition. London: Printed for the Author, and sold by Messrs. Dodsley... Becket and De Hondt... Sandby... Beecroft, Baldwin and Crowder... Fletcher, Parker, and Prince, in Oxford: Thurlbourn and Woodyer, in Cambridge; Pearson and Aris, in Birmingham; Frederick, in Bath; Geast, in Dudley; and the Author. 1766.
8vo (225 × 135 mm), pp. xv, , 175, , 179-181, , complete despite mispagination; lightly browned with occasional foxing; small strip cut from upper forecorner of title; contemporary half calf, spine with 5 raised bands, red morocco label; worn; upper joint cracked, cords secure; early inscription, ‘Rachel Parke’, to head of Dedication, later bookplate, Dr Thomas Parke, No. 99 Locust Street, Philadelphia.’
The collection first appeared as Poems on Sundry Occasions in 1764. Woodhouse was a journeyman shoemaker, born in 1735 at Rowley Regis, Staffordshire. He addressed an elegy to Shenstone in 1759 who became a friend and promoter and literary success followed. The subscribers list includes Edmund Burke, David Hume, Jerningham, Melmoth, and Mrs. Thrale.