8vo., pp. , 68, , with the half-title and two leaves of advertisements at the end; browned due to paper quality, but a good copy in mottled calf by Rivière, joints reinforced.
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First edition of Gay’s last ballad opera; he was arranging for its production at the time of his death. The work is a farcical burlesque of classical myth, in which Achilles, dressed as a woman, is admitted to the court of Lycomedes, who falls in love with him while he in turn is trying to woo Deidamia. The sly Ulysses unravels the confusion in the end. There are 54 songs, and an element of political satire, reflected in the contemporary ‘key’, Achilles dissected.
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to save the State. Addressed to the Ladies. By a Gentleman of the University of Cambridge.
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:
‘CELESTIAL SCENERY, ELEGIES, TALES’ BY A BERMONDSEY RHYMESTER HOGG, John.
Autograph poetical manuscript, apparently unpublished, comprising a preface dated 3 April 1825 and some forty long poems.
A fascinating volume of manuscript verse by an otherwise unknown poetaster, probably based in Southwark. In his grandiloquent Preface, Hogg explains that his poems are designed to excite in the reader the pleasurable contemplation of heaven, via ‘the Study of Nature’ and of our souls. ‘Celestial Scenery, Elegies, Tales, &c will be found in this little work!’