YOUNG, John. ~ A Criticism in the Elegy written in a Country Church Yard. Being a Continuation of Dr. J—n’s Criticism on the Poems of Gray. London: for G. Wilkie, 1783.
8vo (210 × 120 mm), pp. xx, 90, complete with half-title. A few early annotations (one to last page erased). Disbound.
First edition of this critical jeu d’esprit,First edition of this critical jeu d’esprit, a contribution to the debate over the Elegy inspired by Johnson’s assessment in his Life of Gray (1777) and which was to continue well into the nineteenth century. It includes the complete text of the Elegy on pp. xii-xx. Young was professor of Greek at Glasgow University.