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ROMANCE HISTORIQUE

ROMANCE HISTORIQUE, ou sont esquissés les faits les plus marquants de la Révolution, précédée et suivie de pieces de vers relatives à la Révolution et à la Restauration; par Mr. P. A. Mt. Sy. Anc. Cap. d’Inf. au Régt. D’Angoumaois, sous les règnes de Louis XV et Louis XVI. Saint-Dizier, Imprimerie de Fournier-Mérigaut. 1825.

8vo (198 × 118 mm), pp. [4], 173, [1], with printed cancel slips (one loose) to pp. 33 and 80; some light browning and spotting to first few leaves; some insignificant worming to front pastedown, free endpaper, and lower margin of title; pp. 3–5 a little creased, slightly sprung; contemporary polished tree sheep, a couple small marks or indentations to boards, spine gilt with black morocco label, head and tail chipped but still a nice copy. First (and apparently only) edition. An exceedingly rare book of fiery provincial verse, whose author ‘n’a eû d’autre intention que celle d’exprimer sa haîne constante pour la révolution, comme son amour aussi respecteux qu’invariable pour ses rois légitimes et leur auguste famille’ (Avant-Propos). The main poem, radiating pride for the Bourbons and detestation for their opponents in equal measure, is accompanied by a host of smaller, similarly themed poems: ‘A Bonaparte, après l’assassinat du Duc d’Enguien’; ‘Sur le premier retour des Bourbons, en 1814’; ‘Stances pour la fête du roi, jour de Saint-Louis, 25 Aout 1814’; ‘Stances pour Monseigneur le Duc de Berru, a son passage a Saint-Dizier, en octobre 1814’; ‘Stances pour Monsieur, frère du roi, a son passage a Saint-Dizier, en novembre 1814’; ‘Couplets sur les chambres dissoutes au retour du roi’; ‘Stances en l’honneur du roi et de la famille royale, a l’occasion du marriage de S.A.R. le Duc de Berri’; ‘Remises a Mgnr le Duc d’Angoulême, a son passage a Saint-Dizier, avec un mémoire pour demander la crois de Saint-Louis’; ‘Stances sur le sacre presume du roi’; ‘Sur l’élection et le rejet de Grégoire’; ‘Sur l’assassinat de Mgnr le Duc de Berri’; ‘Sur la naissance de Mgnr le Duc de Bordeaux’; and ‘Couplets sur le baptême de S.A.R. Mgnr le Duc de Bordeaux’. The Catalogue collectif de France locates a sole copy, at Chalons-en-Champagne (c.40 miles northwest of St Dizier), to which WorldCat lists 1 copy only, at Basel. Not in the BnF catalogue.
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Pizarro; a Tragedy, in five Acts; as performed at the Theatre Royal in Drury-Lane: taken from the German Drama of Kotzebue; and adapted to the English Stage by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. London: Printed for James Ridgway 1799.

KOTZEBUE, August von. 8vo (209 × 130 mm) in half-sheets, pp. [8], 76, [4]; some light foxing towards the beginning and the end, and a little offsetting elsewhere; disbound; early ink ownership inscription of Peter Speirs. £200 First edition of this bestselling English version of Die Spanier in Peru. There were two issues, on ordinary paper (sold at 2s 6d), and a ‘Superior Edition, on fine wove Paper, hot-pressed’, for 5s. The paper here is wove. ‘Evidence of differing press figures and broken “p” in “hot-pressed” in last line on titlepage [as here] suggests copies made up from mixed sheets’ (ESTC). With the reading ‘No! thought and memory are my Hell’ (as opposed to ‘no living! thought and memory ’) on p. 64. There were no less than seven English translations of this play; Sheridan’s was the most popular, and went through at least twenty editions within a year, in London, Dublin, Cork, Belfast, New York, Charlestown, and Philadelphia. ‘On the stage it drew crowded houses for sixty-seven nights at Drury Lane in the first season, afterwards at other London theatres as well, and soon in the provinces’ (Stockley, p. 181). Williams notes the play ‘was such a success that it brought the theatre in “at least £15,000 during its first season.”’ Morgan 5305; Sabin 80340 (erroneously calling for two plates); Williams, p. 234.
New Idylles Translated by W. Hooper MD. With A Letter to M: Fuslin

New Idylles Translated by W. Hooper MD. With A Letter to M: Fuslin, on Landscape Painting, and the Two Friends of Bourbon, a Moral Tale, by M. Diderot. London, Printed for S. Hooper & G. Robinson 1776.

GESSNER, Salomon. Large 8vo (263 × 182 mm) in half-sheets, pp. [4], 129, [1], plus etched and engraved title-page, head- and tailpieces, and 9 plates by Sparrow or Chambars after Gessner; printed on thick paper; some light spotting, dust-soiling in the upper margin of pp. 76–77; early ink ownership inscription of John Bell, Kensington, to p. [1]; nineteenth-century half morocco, rubbed, pebble-grain cloth sides, spine lettered gilt. £350 First edition in English of the Moralische Erzæhlungen und Idyllen (Zurich, 1772). ‘The former works of M. Gessner have been received with that applause by Europe in general, as renders all apology for this publication superfluous, and all commendation by any individual unnecessary. The translator, however, cannot refrain from declaring the singular satisfaction he enjoys in presenting the English reader with a work, he thinks, equal in the beauty of composition (allowance made for the difference of language) to the Idyls of Theocritus, or Virgil, and far superior in benevolent and pathetic sentiments. ‘The historical plates and vignets with which this work is embellished, were all designed and drawn by M. Gessner himself. ‘The story of the Two Friends of Bourbon was communicated by M. Diderot to our author, who thought proper to publish it with these Idyls, as a monument of friendship that the cultivation of letters alone has produced between two men, whom distant countries have ever held separate’ (Advertisement). Adams DD46 (‘Première traduction anglaise d’un conte de Diderot’); Morgan 2319; for the first edition, see Borst 234 and Goedeke IV/1, 82, 9.
Les nuits anglaises

Les nuits anglaises, ou recueil de traits singuliers, d’anecdotes, d’événemens remarquables, de faits extraordinaires, de bizarreries, d’obervations critiques & de pensées philosophiques, &c. propres à faire connaître le genie & le caractère des Anglais A Paris, [c]hez J. P. Costard 1770.

CONTANT D’ORVILLE, André-Guillaume]. 4 vols, 8vo (163 × 102 mm), pp. [2], 28, 368; [2], viii, 368; [2], viii, 400; [4], 376, [2]; old water stain to the fore-margin of the first few leaves in vol. II, some light browning elsewhere, more so to the margins at the end of vols I and III; contemporary mottled calf, red morocco spine labels (vol. III bound almost identically, but seemingly from another set), marbled endpapers; a little rubbed, some corners worn, to vol. IV headcap chipped, upper joint starting, but firm, a few marks. First edition. Contant d’Orville (c.1730–c.1800) was a prolific writer known best for his extensive ethnographic Histoire des différents peuples du monde (1768), and history of opéra bouffon (1771). Here he offers a kaleidoscopic view of England and its people, supposedly based on personal experience, but the whole work is invention. In fact, Josephine Grieder calls it ‘the most egregious example of a fake traveller’s account His method of presentation follows exactly that of the legitimate visitors. He insists on his impartiality’ (pp. 40–1n), though has plagiarized other works. The account is divided into 45 ‘nights’, which cover a wide range of topics, from politics, and the English antipathy towards the French, to literature (Chaucer, Shakespeare, Spenser, Milton, Dryden, Pope), and women, including a visit to an Englishwoman’s library, where the author finds ‘des Livres parfaitement bien rangés [et] superbement reliés & bien dorés’ (II, 278). Cioranescu 21098; Quérard II, 277.
The Doom of Colyn Dolphyn. A Poem; with Notes illustrative of various Traditions of Glamorganshire London: Longman

The Doom of Colyn Dolphyn. A Poem; with Notes illustrative of various Traditions of Glamorganshire London: Longman, Rees, Orme, and Co.; White, Merthyr; Bird, Cardiff; Williams, Swansea; and other Booksellers. 1837.

WILLIAMS, Taliesin. 8vo (195 × 125 mm), pp. [4], [9]–160; apparently lacking two leaves from the prelims; the occasional mark; still a good copy in early cloth-backed boards. First edition. One of only two English songs produced by the prolific Welsh poet and chronicler Taliesin Williams (1787–1847). Named for the sixth-century Brythonic bard of Sub-Roman Britain, it was perhaps inevitable that Taliesin Williams would become a poet. He had an inauspicious beginning, supposedly born in a Cardiff prison, but he worked with his father as stonemason, and in 1816 opened a school at Merthyr Tydfil, where he remained until his death. His literary output began following exposure to promoters of the Provincial Societies in 1820, and from that time he became a prominent advocate for the retention and promotion of Welsh culture, particularly through the eisteddfodau held at Merthyr Tydfil, and those of the Abergavenny Cymreigyddion. The Doom of Colyn Dolphyn is one of two works Williams published in English songs, along with Cardiff Castle (1827). He also wrote Welsh poems and won the chair in the Cardiff eisteddfod of 1834 for an Y Derwyddon (‘the Druids’). ‘His contemporaries spoke of him as being a likeable, pleasant, and friendly man, and he was remarkably successful as a schoolmaster’ (Enwogion Cymru. A Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Welshmen, 1852).
Vallis Vale

Vallis Vale, and other Poems. By the Author of ‘The Juvenile Poetical Moralist.’ London: Sold by Longman, Hurst, and Co. J. B. Holdsworth C. Penny T. Smith, Bath; and M. and S. Tuck, Frome. 1823. Crockers, Printers, Frome.

TUCK, Elizabeth]. 8vo (190 × 120 mm), pp. vi, [2], 102, [2]; first couple of leaves a little browned; late nineteenth-century textured blue cloth; specks of white paint to spine, sunned; preface signed ‘Eliz. Tuck Frome Som’. First edition of a poetic celebration of the West Country, signed by the author. Tuck’s titular poem is named for Vallis Vale, the ancient woodland site in Somerset with its spectacular rock outcrops. This archetypal Romantic landscape provides ample fodder for Tuck’s poetic style, which describes the Vale’s timelessness through the eras; the earliest Druidic days, the Vale’s visitation by Aldhelm, monk of Malmsbury (who founded a monastery nearby), and the ‘sturdy Romans’ who came later. Amongst the rhapsodies, Tuck introduces some fascinating historical snippets: ‘Monday afternoon is the favourite season chosen by the lower classes for recreation here during the summer months, when they frequently assemble in large and numerous groups. Musical parties also frequently meet here .’ She describes one ‘Seraphic Rowe’, Elizabeth Singer Rowe (1674–1734), another poetic resident of Frome, who ‘had a house contiguous to the Vale’ and a grotto named after her. In later life, Tuck would become a fervent member of the Anti Corn-Law League, a political movement which sought to abolish the statutes which levied taxes on imported wheat and protected landowners' interests. In 1845 her team of canvassers raised an impressive £125, in part through hosting an exhibition of some of the contributions, which included local crafts such as a chair embroidered with children toiling in cornfields, and a model ship, ‘The Cobden’, under full sail for free Trade. COPAC records copies at BL and Bodley only, to which WorldCat adds Yale, Emery, UC Davis, and Stanford. Jackson, p. 498.
Worcester Field; or

Worcester Field; or, the Cavalier. A Poem in four Cantos, with historical Notes London: Published by Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green [1826].

STRICKLAND, Agnes. 12mo (150 × 103 mm), pp. [4], 163, [1]; title-page a little soiled but a good copy, uncut in the original boards, cloth spine with remnants of printed label; front free endpaper sometime removed; authorial presentation copy, inscribed: ‘With Agnes and Eliza / Strickland’s kind love / to Miss Cameron / June 1st 1826’, book labels of John L. Marks and Percival F. Hinton. First edition of this poem by the historian Agnes Strickland (1796–1874), inscribed by the author and her sister Elizabeth (1794–1875). Worcester Field was the poem with which Strickland launched her literary career, and was one of several long poems she published before finding her métier as a historian. The family had some connection to the Stricklands of Sizergh, but Agnes and her siblings were born and raised in Kent, by a progressive father who ‘believed that girls should be educated “upon the same plan as boys because . it strengthened the female mind”’ (Oxford DNB). The family moved in 1808 to Reydon Hall, an Elizabethan manor in Suffolk, but Agnes and Eliza spent much of their time in London attempting to establish careers as professional writers. They moved in the same circles as Southey and Lamb, but benefitted most from the society of women of letters, notably Barbara Hofland and the Porter sisters. Agnes experienced some modest success with her poetry, but it was her Lives of the Queens publications which secured her reputation as a historian of note, and which gave biographical weight to previously neglected female royalty. Jackson, p. 526.
Poems

Poems, chiefly in the Scottish Dialect . Jedburgh: Printed for the Author, and Sold by Fairburn and Anderson, Edinburgh; A. Rutherford, Kelso; W. Renwick, and W. Easton, Jedburgh; and R. Armstrong, Hawick. 1821.

SCOTT, Andrew. 18mo (150 × 95mm), pp. iv, 192; engraved portrait frontispiece by R. Scott; offsetting from the frontispiece and one gathering loose; edges a little browned; uncut in the original blue boards, printed paper label, chipped; loss of paper on the spine in places revealing printer’s waste beneath. Second edition (first published 1811) of these poems by a Scottish shepherd who fought in the American Revolutionary War. Scott (1757–1839) was a shepherd boy when he enlisted at the outset of the American War of Independence, and served for the duration of the campaign. Of the many poems he penned there, most were lost, but ‘The Oak Tree’ survived and is printed here. It refers to a tree in Kemp’s Landing, Virginia, ‘of very enormous size, but not so much for its height, as for the large circular space described by its shadow upon the ground, so that many of our tents were pitched under the shade of it’. The tree describes its former master’s rebellious urges to ‘run for shelter / Under the banners of Washington’, and its new distinction as a home for the British. The British retreated to Kemp’s Landing in 1781 after suffering decisive defeats at Kings Mountain and Cowpens. Cornwallis intended evacuation, but the French naval victory in September deprived them of an escape route and a joint Franco-American army led by Rochambeau and Washington laid siege to the British forces at Yorktown. With no sign of relief and the situation untenable, Cornwallis surrendered in October 1781. Scott returned home unscathed. Johnson 805; not in Jackson.
Naomi; a Dramatic Poem: and other Pieces London: Hamilton

Naomi; a Dramatic Poem: and other Pieces London: Hamilton, Adams and Co. Norwich: Jarrold and Sons [1844].

ROUSE, Miss. 8vo (190 x 115 mm), pp. 90; a little light spotting; uncut in the publisher’s brown blind-stamped cloth, spine lettered gilt; spine snagged at head, and a little torn at foot; contemporary inscription to front free endpaper. First edition, printed in Norwich. The titular poem is a six-part dialogue based on ‘the exemplary Naomi, and the amiable Ruth’. The other works include contemplative fare but also some contemporary and local content, including ‘On Visiting the Halls of Houghton and Holkham’, Norfolk’s eighteenth-century Palladian masterpieces. Rouse’s volume is dedicated to the mistress of Holkham, Marchioness of Cholmondeley Lady Georgiana (née Bertie). Indeed, the Marchioness is found atop the list of subscribers—she gave one pound—and her husband the Marquess also appears. George Cholmondeley was Sir Robert Walpole’s great grandson and inherited his Palladian mansion which, along with Lord Burlington’s Houghton, were the Whig power houses of Norfolk in the eighteenth century. Rouse takes a contemplative and pious view of the ‘pictures and statues-grottoes-bowers, and streams’, but the poems demonstrate the increasing importance of visitors to the economy of great houses in the nineteenth century. Miss Rouse was likely an inhabitant of Fring, not far from Hunstanton; two poems are dedicated to Fring’s vicar, Rev. Bacon, one on his birthday and another on the occasion of his retirement. Very scarce, with copies at just the BL, Bodley, and Cambridge. Not in Johnson.
An Essay on Marriage

An Essay on Marriage, Adultery & Divorce, (now first Printed): and, an Essay on the State of the Soul between Death and the Ressurection, (the third Edition): to both of which Premiums have been adjudged by the Church-Union Society. The Outline of a Sermon; and a Lecture on Taste. With and Appendix, containing various Illustrations, particularly ‘The deserted Village-School,’ a Poem: and a Postscript, containing some Notices of a large MS. Volume, entitled, ‘Traditions and Recollections, domestic, clerical and literary.’ [Polyblank, Printer, Truro] London: Printed for J. Nichols and Son 1823.

POLWHELE, Richard. 12mo (183 × 111mm), pp. [4], 239, 243–249, [2]; edges a little browned but a very good copy, untrimmed in the original publisher’s boards, neatly rebacked with original spine and printed label laid down. First edition, printed in Truro, of a literary and devotional compilation by the Cornish clergyman and poet Richard Polwhele (1760–1838). This volume produces two Church Union Society prize essays, on adultery, marriage, and divorce, and on the condition of the soul after death. These appear as part of a collection which includes previously published works alongside new material. A hybrid of prose and poetry, part of the ‘Lecture on Taste’ and—curiously—the appendix, are in verse. Polwhele began to write poetry at twelve years old. On his father's death in 1777 he accompanied his mother on a visit to Bath and Bristol, where he met fashionable literary figures including Catharine Macaulay and Hannah More. Whilst there, he presented Macaulay with an ode on her birthday, which was printed at Bath, with five others, in April 1777. He continued in this prolific vein, and wrote many works of poetry, alongside devotional texts, and ambitious histories of Devonshire and Cornwall (1793–1806 and 1816 respectively). He was a contributor to the Gentleman's Magazine, the Anti-Jacobin Review, the European Magazine, and the British Critic, and he was a long-time correspondent of Cobbett, Cowper, Erasmus Darwin, Edward Gibbon, Catharine Macaulay, Walter Scott, and Anna Seward. Items of correspondence between Polwhele and Macaulay are reproduced in the present volume. Polwhele’s somewhat staid reputation was enlivened in the 1970s by feminist critiques of his Unsex'd Females, a Poem (1798), which features a dispute between Christ and the devil as embodied by the politically diametrical personalities of Hannah More and Mary Wollstonecraft. Not in Jackson. Very scarce: COPAC locates copies at the BL, Bodley, and Exeter only.
A Collection of local Songs

A Collection of local Songs, and other Pieces . Newcastle upon Tyne: Printed by R. T. Edgar, at the New Circulating Library . 1824.

OLIVER, William. 12mo (175 × 105 mm), pp. 24; a very good clean copy, stiched in recent paper wrappers. Scarce first edition of this compendium of Tyneside songs and poems in a Geordie dialect. The son of a cheesemonger, songwriter William Oliver (1800–1848) was born in The Side, near the Quayside in Newcastle. He worked for many years as a draper and hatter, before joining his brother Timothy in his grocery shop in 1830. A popular local singer and songwriter, Oliver toured venues with his works in the Geordie dialect. His most popular and well-known work, ‘Newcassel Props', appears here, in which he celebrates an affectionate rogue's gallery of local characters, lately deceased. Contemporary events are also included, such as ‘On the death of Mr Thomas Handyside, who lost his life in the Newcastle Theatre, while attempting to escape, in Consequence of an Alarm of Fire’. Handyside was a friend of Oliver’s and fellow member of the Newcastle Polemic Society. Many of Oliver’s works encapsulate his political leanings. He was a member of several reformist societies, such as Sons of Apollo, Stars of Friendship, and the Corinthian Society. Amongst the miscellaneous works here are those which push for what would become the 1832 Reform Bill, including an ‘Address to the Newcastle Polemic Society’. Johnson 670; not in Jackson. COPAC records copies at BL, Bodley, and Newcastle only.
The Pleasures of Society; a Poem . London: Printed for C. and J. Rivington . 1824.

The Pleasures of Society; a Poem . London: Printed for C. and J. Rivington . 1824.

LUSCOMBE, Matthew Henry]. 8vo (205 x 130 mm), pp. [8], 60; contemporary smooth green calf panelled gilt, edges gilt, marbled endpapers; spine sunned and rubbed, chipped at head; presentation copy, inscribed ‘To Mrs Amelia Opie, / in testimony of unfeigned respect / from the Author / M. H. L. / Paris, Oct. 19 1829.’ First edition of a lengthy poem, by missionary bishop Henry Luscombe (1775–1846), which celebrates schooldays, university days and adult friendships, as well as the enlargement of the mind ‘by social intercourse in foreign countries’ and the means by which such contact can help to ‘remove national prejudices’. As such, it acts as a sort of anonymous autobiography for Luscombe. He was educated at Exeter grammar school and Trinity College, Cambridge, and was for a time master of the East India Company’s school at Haileybury, Hertford. In 1819 Luscombe moved to Caen, and subsequently to Paris, where in 1824 ‘George Canning looked to appoint Luscombe embassy chaplain, and, in recognition of the need for supervision of Anglicans overseas, general superintendent of the English congregations on the continent. However, he soon afterwards agreed to a proposal made originally by Luscombe's former pupil Hook, that the bishops of the Scottish Episcopal church should consecrate Luscombe to a continental bishopric, with the status of a missionary bishop, giving him jurisdiction over people rather than territory. On 20 March 1825 Luscombe was consecrated at Stirling by Bishop Jolly of Moray’ (Oxford DNB). The printed dedication to Canning here doubtless owes much to his patronage. This copy is inscribed to the Romantic novelist, Amelia Opie (1769–1853). She certainly knew Luscombe, and attended events at his house on several occasions during 1849, as well as society weddings which he performed. She described one such in her memoirs: ‘The marriage took place at the ambassador’s chapel, and the bride and her husband were a sight to see, as they knelt before Bishop Luscombe, picturesque from his fine face and large sleeves!’. See Cecilia Lucy Brightwell, Memorials of the Life of Amelia Opie (Norwich, 1854), p. 234–5, 386. Jackson, p. 505. COPAC records six copies in the UK: BL, Cambridge, Edinburgh, NLS, Glasgow, St Andrews.
The Lady Arabella Stuart. A Poem. By E. S. L. [Title verso:] London

The Lady Arabella Stuart. A Poem. By E. S. L. [Title verso:] London, Printed by G. Barclay [c.1836].

LAW, Elizabeth Susan, later Elizabeth Abbot, Baroness Colchester]. [Bound with:] Giustina: a Spanish Tale of Real Life. A Poem in three Cantos. By E. S. L. Not Published. [London: Ibotson and Palmer, Printers] 1833. [And:] . Views in London. By an Amateur. Sketched from a Window in the Palais de la Verité. And Extracts from an Album. Dedicated to Sophia, Countess of Darlington. Not Published. [Chiswick: Printed by C. Whittingham] 1833. 3 works in one vol., 12mo (185 × 120mm), pp. [4], 126; [6], 63, [1]; viii, 66; a little marginal browning; later nineteenth-century long-grained blue cloth, patterned blind with gilt central lozenge ( Poems by Lady Colchester, Unpublished ), spine darkened, a little rubbed. A very scarce compilation of privately printed verse by Elizabeth Abbot, Lady Colchester (d.1883). The three works pre-date 1836 when the Hon. Elizabeth Susan Law E. S. L. married Admiral Charles Abbot, 2nd Baron Colchester, but the volume was obviously complied after the marriage, as the binding indicates. Abbot is an elusive figure, but was an accomplished and prolific poet, and a wry wit. Views in London is a kind of progress which sends up the matrimonial market: The Descent of Venus in Kensington Gardens, Anticipation; Or, Coming Out , Disappointment; or, The Last Almack s , Maternal remonstrances at the close of the London Season , Advice to a young Lady on her Birthday, from a Maiden Aunt, Miss Griselda Singleheart . The whole closes with the amusing Epigram on John Bourne, toll-keeper of the gate in the vicinity of the Norfolk Arms, Balcombe ; which paints him as a lackadaisical gate-keeper who is fond of the drink. Abbot prefixes Giustina, the Spanish romance, with an affectionate printed dedication to Hugh Leycester. This and The Lady Arabella Stuart are both lengthy narrative romances. It is unclear whether Abbot continued to write following her marriage, but she produced several of these works for circulation amongst her circle. We have found only one other copy of this volume, with the 'Lady Colchester binding, at the British Library. Giustina: Jackson, p. 573; Martin, p. 445; Views in London: Jackson, p. 577.
Carmina Selecta

Carmina Selecta, tum Græca, tum Latina . Londini: Typis R. Taylor et Socii. M.CCC.X [1810].

JODRELL, Richard Paul. 8vo (210 × 140 mm), pp. [8], 107, [1]; with an engraved frontispiece portrait of the author (not called for) by Lightfoot after Mercier pasted onto the half-title verso; a little light browning throughout; contemporary full vellum, spine lettered direct; boards slightly bowed; the author’s copy, with his armorial bookplate. First edition, privately printed and very scarce, of a selection of Greek and Latin verses by (later Sir) Richard Paul Jodrell (1781–1861) while he was at Eton. His copy. Jodrell’s work was subject to lengthy analysis in The Critical Review (1811), which decided that Jodrell ‘has ventured indeed much beyond the greater part of his contemporaries in Latin verse’. The reviewer particularly praises ‘Mr Taylor on his neat and correct typography’, and indeed the volume is attractively produced, with a variety of charming devices and vignettes within the text. Jodrell was the appropriately bookish son of the classical scholar, successful playwright, and friend of Samuel Johnson, Richard Paul Jodrell, first Baronet (1745–1831), who had contributed the supplementary notes to Robert Potter's edition of Aeschylus (1778), published two volumes of commentaries on Euripides, and written a series of plays that enjoyed mixed fortunes on the London stage. Not in Jackson, or Martin. COPAC lists copies at the BL, Bodley, Durham, and Aberdeen to which WorldCat adds Illinois.
Takings; or

Takings; or, the Life of a Collegian. A Poem. Illustrated by twenty-six Etchings, from Designs by R. Dagley London: John Warren and G. and W. B. Whittaker 1821.

GASPEY, Thomas]. Large 8vo (240 × 150 mm), pp. xxxix, [1], 184, [2]; with 26 etched plates after Dagley; rather browned due to paper stock, especially the plates which are offset; contemporary half calf and marbled boards, rebacked; bookplate of the Archibal Church Library, Northwestern (stamped withdrawn), ownership stamp of George Barrett, Wintershall on flyleaf and title. First edition of this illustrated compilation of humorous poems on nineteenth-century varsity life. In the vein of eighteenth-century progress works, Takings evokes the spiralling vices of a dissipated student who is by turns a lush, a gambler, and an embarrassment to his family. Gaspey’s work is gentler than its Hogarthian forerunners, however, and his moral lessons are couched in caricature and humour. He is keen to point out ‘the merits of the Ludicrous’ in his prefatory note. The work is illustrated with fine designs by the genre painter and engraver Richard Dagley (1765–1841). Dagley began his career as a designer of jewellery before becoming an Academician, but had an erratic career. He exhibited irregularly at the Royal Academy from 1785 until 1833, made several medals, took to watercolour drawing, worked for a time as a drawing-master in a lady's school in Doncaster, and published A Compendium of the Theory and Practice of Drawing and Painting, and Gems Selected from the Antique (1804). His later years were spent in book illustration, though he died in penury. Takings was Gaspey’s only real poetic effort. He began his literary career with several novels including The Mystery (1820), and Calthorpe, or, Fallen Fortunes (1821), before purchasing in 1828 a share in the Sunday Times. There, he ‘raised its tone as a literary and dramatic organ’ (Oxford DNB). Not in Jackson.
Stanley: or the Infidel reclaimed; and other Poems A new Edition

Stanley: or the Infidel reclaimed; and other Poems A new Edition, to which is added, Stanzas for the Coronation Day. London: Hamilton, Adams, & Co. Weymouth: B. Benson. 1839.

FYLER, James C. 8vo (171 × 109 mm), pp. viii, 87, [1], 7, [1]; uncut in the original publisher’s blind-stamped cloth, upper cover lettered gilt, short tears to head of spine. Second edition (first published the previous year): a selection of Romantic poems which travel from Lancashire and Wales via France and Switzerland. Inscribed ‘With the Author’s Kind regards.’ Fyler evidently undertook a tour of the continent (his footnotes are in French), and provides details in ‘Jura and Switzerland’, ‘Falls of the Rhine, at Schaffhausen’, and ‘On the Allied Troops in Paris’. There is also much evidence of Welsh peregrinations, including ‘Llagollen’s Grave’ as well as the short but emphatic poem on ‘Piercefield’, the celebrated picturesque landscape in Monmouthshire. Piercefield was created in the eighteenth century by Valentine Morris, a plantation owner from Antigua. Morris ultimately went bankrupt and had to return to the West Indies, but the garden was a popular tourist destination throughout the nineteenth century. Its lofty situation above the Wye river valley and its ‘amphitheatres of verdure’ are received rapturously here by Fyler. The story of the titular ‘Stanley’ is taken from The Traditions of Lancashire by J. Roby, and gives a rousing versified account of Sir Edward Stanley, Lord Mounteagle (1460–1523), hero of the Battle of Flodden and founder of the Grade I listed Hornby Chapel. This second edition not found in COPAC.