WORGAN, John Dawes. ~ Select Poems, &c. by the late John Dawes Worgan, of Bristol, who died on the 25th of July 1809, aged nineteen Years. To which are added some Particulars of his Life and Character, by an early Friend and Associate; with a Preface by William Hayley Esq. London: [S. Gosnell for] Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1810.
8vo (182 × 116 mm), pp. xiv, , 311, , plus engraved silhouette portrait (which is rather spotted). Contemproary half calf, lately rebacked. Early female ownership inscriptions: ‘Miss Elveson’ and ‘Frances Barnard, Nailsworth, 1814’. Later bookplates of Anne and F.G. Renier.
First edition of this collection of verse by the young tutor to Edward Jenner’s children, which also contains journal extracts, together with addresses and verses on the benefits of vaccination. Worgan (1790-1809) was ‘a consumptive boy of precocious ability whom Jenner took into his household, nominally as a tutor to his sons.’ Jackson, p. 344.