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BURGOYNE, John (1722--1792)
The dramatic and poetical works of the late Lieut. Gen. J. Burgoyne; to which is prefixed, memoirs of the author. Embellished with copper-plates. Vol. I. (II.)
London: printed by C. Whittingham, for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme; and Scatcherd and Letterman, 1807.
2 vols ; 20.8 cm. (8º)
I: 235, [1] p., engr. frontis., [1] pl.
II: 248 p., engr. frontis., [2] pl.

Whittingham's address is given as Dean Street on the title-page of volume I, and 103 Goswell Street on the title-page of volume II. The plates, dated January 1807, are engraved by W.J. White after R. Corbould. A large-paper edition was issued in 1808. 'Gentleman Johnnie' Burgoyne had been a close friend and mentor of Lord Stanley (later 12th Earl of Derby) and instrumental in obtaining for Robert Adam an important commission to remodel Derby House at 23 [now 26] Grosvenor Square in 1774, for which over 80 drawings survive in Soane's collection of architectural drawings. Burgoyne is best known for his military career - the storming of Valencia de Alcantara in 1762 and the capitulation at Saratoga in 1777 during the American colonial war - and among his literary works for A state of the expedition from Canada, 1780. He contributed to the Rolliad (q.v.) and the Probationary odes (q.v.). He was Member for Parliament for Preston and secured legislation to improve the regulation of the East India Company in 1772 and had charge of the impeachment proceedings against Warren Hastings in 1787. Contents: vol. I: Sketch of the life of Lieutenant-General Burgoyne. The maid of oaks. The lord of the manor. -- vol. II: The heiress. Richard Coeur de Lion. Poems. 'The Maid of the Oaks' has an epilogue by Garrick.

Copy Notes Bought from Thomas Boone for 14s. 6d. on 3 April 1819. (Spiers Box). The year of Burgoyne's death inserted in pencil on p. 35 of volume I.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, thick-thin gilt-ruled borders, spines divided into six gilt roll-tooled compartments with title and author in compartment two, volume number in compartment five, and large six-petalled gilt-stamped flowers in the compartments one, three, four and six, marbled edges to match the endpapers.

Reference Number 1821


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