2 vols., 8vo., with an engraved frontispiece in each volume by Grignion after Hayman (an allegorical scene with Oxford’s Radcliffe Square in the background), engraved and printed title-pages; a very good copy in contemporary sprinkled calf, red morocco labels; very sound but considerable erosion to leather, particularly on upper cover of vol. II, also chip to foot of spine; early ownership signature, ‘Anne Burland 1752’, in each volume.
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STUDENT (THE), or, the Oxford, and Cambridge Miscellany. Oxford; Printed for J. Newbery ... J. Barrett in Oxford ... and J. Merrill in Cambridge. 1750[-51].
First edition, comprising the original nineteen parts, numbered I-IX (plus supplement, Numb. I in first state) in volume I, and named for the nine muses and Apollo in volume II. Christopher Smart, whilst in Newbery’s employ, probably took over the editorship with the sixth issue, when ‘and Cambridge’ was added to the early title of The Student, or The Oxford Monthly Miscellany. Gray identifies 22 contributions from Smart, 11 of which are signed; 13 of these were later collected in his Poems on Several Occasions, 1752.
Johnson contributed The Life of Dr. Francis Cheynel, which appears in volume II, parts VII-IX. Other known contributors are Thomas Warton and Bonnell Thornton.
Gray IX; Mahony and Rizzo 300; Courtney & Nichol Smith, p. 38; Chapman & Hazen, p. 135-6; Fleeman 50.1st/1a; Rothschild 1868; Roscoe A577(1).
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