8vo., pp. , 89, , with the engraved frontispiece by Vandergucht; a very good, fresh copy in contemporary speckled sheep, joints rubbed; 19th-century Hopetoun bookplate, overlaying that of James Johnstone, Marquess of Annandale.
US $535 €453
First edition, first issue, on fine (but not large) paper. Though Williams suggests that ordinary paper copies belong to a first issue, and fine paper copies to a corrected second issue, both Hayward and Rothschild concur that both paper sizes exist in corrected and uncorrected states. The present copy has all the errors noted by Williams uncorrected as well the other features he associates with the first issue: the catchword ‘when’ on p. 68, p. 74 correctly numbered, and the asterisks at the foot of pp. 45 and 46.
Foxon P 237; Rothschild 1535; Hayward 143; see Williams, Points in Eighteenth-Century Verse, pp. 92-3.
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