4to., pp. 20; slightly browned, a couple of stains, but a good copy, in modern boards.
US $501 €424
First edition, a scarce anonymous plea against vice, in verse. Beset by both the Americans and the French (‘ere one enemy’s subdu’d / Another thirsts for English blood’), England is in need of a reformation of manners, to be led by womankind:
At the dear Opera no more
To leave our reason at the door,
No more to meet at Play, or Bach’s,
Divine Festino, or Almack’s
From Ranelagh to be debarr’d
Nor suffer’d e’en to touch a card …
The author then turns to various politicos, offering praise of then downtrodden Lord North, but also of the young Pitt, ‘a future Camden’, and George John Spencer, Viscount Althorp (just graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge). The moral ladies who should be leading the charge against vice could take as their model the late Lady Cornwallis.
The author may be Robert Baylis Dealtry, an attribution found in a contemporary hand on the Huntington copy, and rendered more plausible by the mention of Viscount Althorp, Dealtry being his contemporary at Trinity College.
ESTC lists six copies only: BL, Cambridge, Trinity Cambridge, Rylands; Huntington, and Lewis Walpole Library.
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