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PROBATIONARY ODES ...
Probationary odes for the laureatship: with a preliminary discourse, by Sir John Hawkins, Knt. Eighth edition.
London: printed for James Ridgway, 1787.
xliv, 131, [1] p.; 20.8 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. First published in 1785. 'Sir John Hawkins' is a pseudonym. Thomas Warton had succeeded William Whitehead as poet laureate in 1785 and his first official poem was a poor effort, inspiring the publication, allegedly by Richard Tickell and Joseph Richardson, of this collection of satires and parodies purporting to be the competitive efforts of Warton's rivals for the poet-laureateship, in the spirit of the Criticisms on the Rolliad (q.v.), likewise the anonymous work of Tickell and Richardson with others. Also included are verses by Warton himself, who took the incident in good part. In square brackets at foot of title-page: Price three shillings and six-pence. Works printed for James Ridgway are listed on the last page. ESTC t132793.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on title-page Jno Nash 8 Octr. 1790. Acquired by J. Williams on Soane's behalf at R.H. Evans's sale of John Nash's library, 15--20 July, 1835 (q.v.), lot 3, for 2s. (Spiers Box 'Purchases through personal friends'; Curatorial Papers: Bailey/Outsize Box 16).

Binding C18th quarter sprinkled sheep, blue-paper boards, gilt-ruled spine, red morocco spine-label, label, library shelf mark '3 [over] 10' on round paper label at foot.

Reference Number 1401


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