SENT DOWN FOR A LITERARY PRANK

Comparative Observations on two of the Poems which were honoured with Prizes in a late Certamen at Ch. Ch. By a Student of the University … York: Printed in theYear 1767.

York: Printed in theYear 1767

8vo., pp. 29, [1]; browned and a little dusty; disbound, stitching loose.

£350

Approximately:
US $390€398

Add to basket Make an enquiry

Added to your basket:
Comparative Observations on two of the Poems which were honoured with Prizes in a late Certamen at Ch. Ch. By a Student of the University … York: Printed in theYear 1767.

Checkout now

First edition of an undergraduate prank in which the future Dean of St. Asaph ridicules the awarding of prizes by the Dean of Christ Church and his fellow judges to two Latin poems written in honour of a visit by the Prince of Brunswick. An ironic dedication to the Dean is followed by the text of the two poems, both entitled ‘Princeps et Principissa Brunsvicensis Hospites’, and then a satirical critique according to ‘the old-fashioned method of Criticism, recommended by Longinus’, pointing out ‘the Merits of each poem, by comparing their beauties’, but in fact making both appear ridiculous.

‘Mr. Shipley … being suspected of being the author, was expelled the university, whereupon he printed A letter from William Shipley, late student of Christ Church, to a friend at Oxford, 1767, containing an account of the transaction. The affair came into Westminster Hall, and Mr. Shipley was restored in Lent term, 1770’ (Richard Gough, British Topography, 1780, II, 163).

Cordeaux and Merry 7085. ESTC lists ten copies in the UK and five in US (California State Library, Huntington, Berkeley, UCLA, and Yale).

You may also be interested in...

THE MEN OF 1914 LEWIS, Wyndham.

Blasting & Bombardiering …

First edition, first issue binding, of one of Lewis’s best and best-known works. It was the first of two largely autobiographical books, this covering 1914-1926 as stated on the jacket, and is now remembered in particular for its coining of the much-discussed phrase ‘The Men of 1914’, referring to the group of writers including himself, Pound, Eliot and Joyce.

Read more

lewis vs. the world - review copy LEWIS, Wyndham.

Men without Art …

First edition; Lewis takes on and demolishes Hemingway, Faulkner, and Woolf. Bridson reviewed the book in The Criterion in January 1935, pp. 335-337.

Read more