Nine works in one vol., 8vo, bound together in half calf with marbled sides c. 1830; spine largely wanting and joints split, but internally in very good condition; from the library at Weston Hall, probably acquired by Frederick Sylvester North Douglas and his wife Harriet (née Wrightson).
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Tract volume of nine scarce works of poetry, including two installation odes on the occasion of HRH William Frederick Duke of Gloucester’s appointment as Chancellor of the University in 1811, and the two Browne medal winning poems from 1815.
[DAVENPORT, Edward Davies]. The Golden Age; or, England in 1822-3: in a poetical Epistle to a Friend abroad. London: Printed for James Ridgway … 1823. Pp. 55, . BL, Bodley, and Cambridge only in Library Hub and OCLC.
BAYLY, [Nathaniel] Thomas [Haynes]. Erin, and other Poems … Dublin: Richard Milliken … also for Longman, Hurst, and Co., London. 1822. Pp. 55, , [2 (ads)], with a half-title. BL, Durham, and Queen’s College Belfast.
[SPINETO, Niccolo Maria Doria, marchese di]. Tributi per l’Istallazione di S.A.R. il Duca di Gloucester all’ufficio di Gran Cancelliere della Universita di Cambridge … Cambridge, dai torchi di Guglielmo Metcalfe, 1811. Pp. 18, [2 (notes)]. Cambridge only.
[SMYTH, William?]. Ode performed in the Senate-House at Cambridge, June 29, 1811, at the Installation of His Royal Highness William Frederick Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh, Chancellor of the University. Cambridge: Printed by J. Smith … 1811. Pp. 9, [3 (blank)]. BL, Cambridge, and Liverpool.
FISHER, John Hutton. Poema numismate annuo dignatum … 1815. Pp. 8. Cambridge and NLS only.
STAINFORTH, George. Poema numismate annuo dignatum … 1815. Pp. 8. Cambridge, BL, Bodley, NLS.
Edward Davies Davenport (1778–1847), later an MP, ‘had the sensibility of an aspiring man of literature and the conscience of an ambitious social reformer’ (History of Parliament online). By nature splenetic, ‘Davenport’s despondency also found satirical expression in his savage jeremiad The Golden Age (1823) … Articulating the hopelessness of attempting any improvement which might save the country, he condemned the unthinking ministerialist majority’ (ibid.).
Thomas Bayly’s Erin, his second published work, was issued in Dublin, where he spent some time after a love match was thwarted by family opposition. He later contributed regularly to periodicals, and composed some successful farces.
The nobleman-scholar Niccolo Doria, marchese di Spineto, was nominated as Italian teacher to the University of Cambridge by William Smyth in 1807. He also lectured on hieroglyphics and served as the interpreter to Theodore Majocchi, major domo to Queen Caroline, during her trial. His tribute to Prince William Frederick, nephew of George III, upon his installation as Chancellor comprises an ode, ‘Gloria di Granta’, and a cantata ‘I voti pubblici’. His friend William Smyth’s own Ode … at the Installation was set to music by Hague, and refers in passing to the Prince’s abolitionist sentiments – ‘The hapless African has called thee friend’ – though he perhaps struggled to find other tributes to the prince known as ‘Silly Billy’.
The Browne medals have been awarded annually since 1774 for Greek and Latin poetry at the University of Cambridge. The winners in 1815 were John Hutton Fisher for his Greek ode and George Stainforth for the Latin.
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