(MISCELLANY). MASON, William. ~ Musæus: a Monody to the Memory of Mr. Pope, in imitation of Milton’s Lycidas. London: Printed for R. Dodsley... and Sold by M. Cooper... 1747.
pp. -22, lacks half-title and final advert leaf; engraved title vignette.
[bound with:] ------ Elfrida, A Dramatic Poem. Written on the Model of The Antient Greek Tragedy... London: Printed for J. and P. Knapton... 1751. pp. , xv, , 80, lacks half-title. First edition;
[and:] ------ Odes By Mr. Mason. The second edition. Cambridge: Printed by J. Bentham... And sold by William Thurlbourn... Cambridge, and R. & J. Dodsley... London, 1756. pp. 31, ; engraved title vignette;
[and:] ------ Caractacus, a Dramatic Poem: Written on the Model of The Ancient Greek Tragedy. By the Author of Elfrida. London: Printed for J. Knapton... and R. and J. Dodsley... 1759. pp. vii, , 95, , complete with the half-title, title in red and black. First edition;
[and:] ------ Elegies... The Second Edition. London: Printed for Robert Horsfield... sold by R. and J. Dodsley... and C. Marsh, ... Also by W. Thurlbourn and J. Woodyer in Cambridge; W. Tesseyman, in York; and W. Ward, in Sheffield, 1763. pp. , 22;
[and:] [YOUNG, Edward]. Resignation. In Two Parts, and a Postscript. To Mrs. B******* London: Printed for William Owen... 1762. pp. 64; woodcut title vignette;
[and:] CHURCHILL, Charles. The Candidate. A Poem... London: Printed for the Author; and sold by W. Flexney... G. Kearsly... C. Henderson... J. Coote... J. Gardiner... J. Almon... and A. Moran... 1764. pp. , 38, lacks the half-title;
[and:] ------ The Farewell. A Poem... London: Printed for the Author; and sold by W. Flexney... G. Kearsly... C. Henderson... J. Coote... J. Gardiner... J. Almon... and C. Moran... 1764. pp. , 24, lacks the half-title.
8 works bound in one, 4to (247 × 185 mm, the Churchill items slightly shorter); slightly later polished calf; rubbed; rebacked.
Combining first editions of Mason’s first two verse dramas: Elfrida (Boswell: ‘exquisite, both in poetical description and moral sentiment.’) and Caractacus (Warburton: ‘a prodigiously fine thing, vastly above Elfrida’). Added to these are first editions of Young’s Resignation; Churchill’s The Candidate (an attack on John Montagu, earl of Sandwich, the hypocritical libertine who denounced Wilkes over the publication of An Essay on Woman) and The Farewell (occasioned by Robert Clive's embarkation for India as newly appointed governor of Bengal).