‘NEWS-PAPERS ENEMIES TO LITERATURE’

The News-Paper: a Poem ...

London: Printed for J. Dodsley ... 1785.

4to., pp. vii, [1], 29, [3], with advertisement leaf; title and last-page dust soiled, but a very good copy, uncut; stab-sewn as issued; ownership inscription of E. Beaufort and book-label of Simon Nowell-Smith; quarter morocco slipcase.

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First edition of this nicely turned satire by Jane Austen’s favourite poet. Crabbe tells us in his preface that he believes this to be the first poem ever on the subject of the daily press with its ‘variety of dissociating articles ... huddled together’, advertisements, puffing, and correspondents political and poetical (with some ‘advice to the latter’).

Bareham & Gatrell A6; Tinker 785.

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