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[Rolliad. Part 1]
Criticisms on the Rolliad. Part the first. The eighth edition, corrected and enlarged.
London: printed for J. Ridgway, 1788.
xxviii, [1], 30--164 p., engr. frontis. ; 21.4 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. Political satires on Pitt in the form of mock reviews of an extensively quoted imaginary epic in heroic couplets on the exploits of Duke Rollo of Normany, which appeared spasmodically in the Morning Herald, attributed to various authors including Joseph Richardson and Richard Tickell. The first part was first published in 1784, and 'Part the Second' in 1790 (q.v.). 'The Rolliad' took its name from one of the chief butts of its wit, John Rolle, M.P. for Devonshire, a stolid supporter of Pitt toryism, and was succeeded by related works of similar tone and satirical intent such as the Probationary odes for the laureatship, 1785 (1787 ed., q.v.). As to the authorship of the Rolliad, see Notes and Queries, ser. I, vol. II., pp. 114–115, 242, 373; vol. III, p. 129. The present edition is a reissue of the 1785 second edition, with the title-page reset, and omitting the appendix. The frontispiece is unsigned and is dated 1785; the title-page vignette is signed as etched by John Record. ESTC t133737.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the general advertisement and the advertisement to the second edition (pp. [iii]--viii). Bound (1) with the first edition of the second part (q.v.). Annotation in pencil on the title-page: the 2 parts.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt double-ruled spine, red morocco spine-label. The volume was bound by Peter Low for 2s. 3d., 13 February 1808. (Spiers Box).

Reference Number 1384


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