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JOHN GAY

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JOHN GAY

Rural Sports. A Poem inscribed to Mr. Pope. London: J. Tonson, 1713. 2° (some leaves detached), disbound (spine rebacked in paper), modern cloth portfolio. Second edition of a scarce work, ostensibly celebrating the treaty of Utrecht, but revealing the predatory instincts at work beneath the apparent calm of the rural landscape. Foxon G68.

POWNEY, Richard. The Stag Chace in Windsor Forest. London: T. Cooper, 1742. 2°, uncut in contemporary Dutch floral wrappers, embossed and hand-coloured. Third edition. Foxon P1015; cf. Schwerdt II, p. 223.

[ANON.] The Sportsman's Evening Brush, consisting of the best and most approved songs of the chace. London: by and for J. Roach, 1795. 8°, engraved frontispiece by Barlow after Cruikshanks, engraved title, 80p. + 4p. advertisements (title waterstained, B5 affected by paper fault and hole in numeral, some staining to quire C, some creasing), 19th-century straight-grained half morocco. UNRECORDED EDITION. ESTC and Schwerdt only record the undated first edition of 1791 or 1792 with printed title and 92p. of text. cf. Schwerdt II, p. 221.
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