An Heroic Epistle to Sir William Chambers, Knight, Comptroller General…

An Heroic Epistle to Sir William Chambers, Knight, Comptroller General of His Majesty’s works, and Author of a late Dissertation on Oriental Gardening. Enriched with explanatory Notes... the Fourteenth Edition. by (MISCELLANY). [MASON, William].
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  • Another image of An Heroic Epistle to Sir William Chambers, Knight, Comptroller General of His Majesty’s works, and Author of a late Dissertation on Oriental Gardening. Enriched with explanatory Notes... the Fourteenth Edition. by (MISCELLANY). [MASON, William].

~ An Heroic Epistle to Sir William Chambers, Knight, Comptroller General of His Majesty’s works, and Author of a late Dissertation on Oriental Gardening. Enriched with explanatory Notes... the Fourteenth Edition. London: Printed for J. Almon... 1777.

pp. 16. Jackson p. 54;

[bound with:] ------ An Heroic Postscript to the Public, occasioned by the favourable Reception of a late Heroic Epistle to Sir William Chambers, Knt. &c. By the Author of that Epistle. London: Printed for J. Almon... 1774. pp. [3]-14, [2], with the final advert but without half-title. First edition. Jackson, p. 29;

[and:] ------ A Familiar Epistle, to the Author of the Heroic Epistle to Sir William Chambers, and of the Heroic Postscript to the Public. London: Printed for J. Wilkie... 1774. pp, iv, 35, [1], final leaf with flaws (not affecting legibility) and browning. First edition. Jackson, p. 28;

[and:] COMBE, William. The First of April: or, the Triumphs of Folly: a Poem. Dedicated to a Celebrated Dutchess. By the Author of The Diaboliad. A New Edition. London: Printed for J. Bew... 1777. pp. [2], iv, 38. Jackson, p. 53;

[and:] WHITEHEAD, William. Variety. A Tale, for Married People... the Fifth Edition. London: Printed for J. Dodsley... 1777. pp. 24. This edition not in Jackson;

[and:] ---- The Goat’s Beard. A Fable... the Third Edition. London: Printed for J. Dodsley... 1777. pp. 40. This edition not in Jackson (which gives only the first edition, also 1777);

[and:] [JENYNS, Soame]. An Ode. London: Printed for J. Dodsley... 1780. pp. 16. First edition. Jackson, p. 80;

[and:] [TICKELL, Richard]. The Project. A Poem. Dedicated for Dean Tucker... the Fifth Edition. London: Printed for T. Becket... 1779. pp. [4], 12. This edition not in Jackson; ESTC lists the BL and NYPL copies only;

[and:] ------ The Wreath of Fashion, or, the Art of Sentimental Poetry... The Fourth Edition. London: Printed for T. Becket... 1778. pp. iv, 16. Jackson, p. 68;

[and:] JENNER, Charles. Town Eclogues... Second Edition. London: Printed for T. Cadell... 1773. pp. [4], 40. Jackson, p. 24.

10 works bound in one, 4to (255 × 198 mm); some spotting and minor browning; contemporary tree calf, gilt, spine numbered ‘II’; rubbed, spine more worn with loss to labels; armorial bookplate of Charles Pierrepont [The first Earl Manvers].

A compilation of best-sellers from the 1770s, forming the second volume of a larger assemblage. It opens with Mason’s Heroic Epistle and two sequels. First published in 1773, Mason’s satirical swipe at the royal taste for chinoiserie, especially at Kew Gardens, proved one of the most popular poems of the century. Johnson approved, and the King himself (initially) thought it funny enough to read to Chambers himself. ‘The secret of Mason’s authorship was successfully kept for about ten years, except from Horace Walpole who was in the plot from the start’ (Gaskell). The sequels An Heroic Postscript and A Familar Epistle are both first editions.

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