“BUT FOR MY PART, I NEVER LOVE TO MEDDLE WITH POLITICS, SIR”: SATIRICAL VERSES FROM THE TORY MAGAZINE THE ANTI-JACOBIN
[CANNING, George, editor]. Poetry of the Anti-Jacobin. London: J. Wright, 1801. Quarto, contemporary full tree calf rebacked with original spine laid down, black morocco spine label. $750.
Fourth edition of this popular collection of poems from the Tory magazine the Anti-Jacobin.
“The paper was perhaps the most brilliant success of its kind on record. The intention of it was to make the revolutionary party ridiculous. Previously it had been the upholders of law and order, the ‘Dons,’ the ‘Bigwigs,’ who had been favorite objects of popular satire. The success of the experiment was great” (DNB). First published a year earlier in 1800. Lowndes, 52. Armorial bookplates of famous English book collector Frances Mary Richardson Currer and of her stepfather Matthew Wilson (it has been conjectured that Charlotte Brontë chose the pseudonym ‘Currer Bell’ partly in homage to Frances Currer, her unmarried and scholarly neighbor).
Interior near-fine with scattered light foxing and hinges reinforced. An attractive copy.