The General. A Poem. Respectfully inscribed to the Right Honourable…

~ The General. A Poem. Respectfully inscribed to the Right Honourable the Marquis of Granby. By the author of A Trip to the Moon. London: Printed for W. Nicoll, and W. Bristow... and C. Etherington, in York. 1764.

pp. [2], 36, lacking half-title. First edition;

[bound after:] [COMBE, William]. The Diaboliad, a Poem. Dedicated to the worst Man in His Majesty’s Dominions. A new Addition, with large Additions. London: Printed for G. Kearsley... 1777. pp. [2], iv, 34, lacking half-title. Jackson, p. 52;

[and:] ------ The Diabo-Lady: or, a Match in Hell. A Poem. Dedicated to the Worst Woman in Her Majesty’s Dominions. A new Edition, with large Additions. London: Printed for Fielding and Walker... 1777. pp. iv, [2], 32. Jackson, p. 77;

[and:] ------ 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], ii, 38. Jackson, p. 53;

[and before:] HAYES, Samuel. Duelling: a Poem... Printed by J. Archdeacon, Printer to the University; for T. & J. Merrill, in Cambridge; J. Dodsley... J. Robson & Co.... B. White... J. Wilkie... F. Knight... and W. Ginger [in London] and J. & J. Fletcher, and D. Prince, at Oxford, 1775. pp. [2], 21, [1]. First edition. Jackson, p. 36;

[and:] JERNINGHAM, [Edward]. The Fall of Mexico, a Poem... London: Printed by Scott, for J. Robson... 1775. pp. [4], 59, [1]; old repair to verso of final leaf. First edition. Jackson, p. 37;

[and:] [GLYNN, Ronert]. The Day of Judgment: a Poetical Essay. The Third Edition. Cambridge: Printed by J. Bentham. Sold by Messrs Thurlbourn & Woodyer, and T. & J. Merrill in Cambridge; Messrs Whiston & White, and T. Pote, B. Dod, London; and J. Pote at Eton, 1758. pp. 16; contemporary manuscript attribution to title.

7 works bound in one, 4to (264 × 205 mm); some intermittent browning, occasional staining, but generally clean; contemporary half calf, red morocco label lettered ‘Miscel. Poems’; rubbed, spine chipped at head.

Combining bes-sellers mainly of the mid-seventies, this collection includes the first edition of the scarce poem The General by the Dublin-born playwright and actor, Francis Gentleman (1728-1784). It was from Gentleman that Boswell received one of his earliest accounts of ‘Dictionary Johnson’ and he worked in London with Garrick to whom he dedicated The Dramatic Censor (1770). Following the Stratford Jubilee, the two quarelled with Garrick calling Gentleman ‘dirty dedicating knave... Gentleman in name only’. The present poem is addressed to John Manners, Marquis of Granby (1721-1770) who served in Cumberland's campaign of 1745 against the Scottish rebels and described the devastation of the highlands after Culloden.Gentleman opens The General with a rather ill-tempered critique of Churchill, but ‘then lavishes his panegyric upon earl Temple, the duke of Devonshire, the marquis of Rockingham, the duke of Newcastle, archbishop Drummond, Sir George Saville, and Mr Pitt, not omitting the praises of his own philanthropy and impartiality...’ (Critical Review).

The two other first editions included are Hayes’s Duelling, the Seatonian Prize poem for 1775 and Jerningham’s Fall of Mexico.

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