A University Prize Poem, on His Majesty, King George III.…

A University Prize Poem, on His Majesty, King George III. Having completed the fifteenth Year of his Reign … by HALPIN, Nicholas John. < >

~ A University Prize Poem, on His Majesty, King George III. Having completed the fifteenth Year of his Reign … Dublin: Printed by N. Kelly, for Gilbert and Hodges … 1811.

Small 8vo (183 × 107 mm) in half-sheets, pp. 19, [1]; some marginal browning and spotting, upper right-hand corner of title-page chipped, not affecting text, lower corner creased, hole from corroded inkblot to B3, smaller inkspot to follow leaf, not affecting legibility; old inkstamp of the Mercantile Library, Philadelphia, to title, [A]2, and B2; modern blue wrappers, spine sunned.

Rare first and only edition of a prize poem by journalist and literary critic Nicholas John Halpin, written while a student at Trinity College Dublin. Halpin (1790–1850) went on to publish several polemical pamphlets in support of the Church of Ireland in the 1820s, as well as several critical essays on Shakespeare and Spenser later in life (Oxford DNB). The present poem, dedicated to Charles Lennox, fourth Duke of Richmond and Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, received universally excellent reviews, perhaps in part due to the subject matter. Jackson, p. 355. COPAC lists 2 copies only (BL, Cambridge), to which WorldCat adds 1 (Missouri).

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