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The Works of Peter Pindar

Volume I & II

1801 - London - Wood, Vernon, H. Walker and P. Bell

8" x 5", 463pp & 464pp

Volume III (Additional Volume)

1805 - London - Wood, Vernon, H. Walker and P. Bell

8" x 5", 514pp

 

 

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Three leatherbound volumes with gilt detailing to the spine.

John Wolcot (May 9, 1738 - January 14, 1819), satirist, born in Dodbrooke, near Kingsbridge, Devonshire, was educated by an uncle, and studied medicine. In 1767 he went as physician to Sir William Trelawny, Governor of Jamaica, and whom he induced to present him to a Church in the island then vacant, and was ordained in 1769. Sir William dying in 1772, Wolcot came home and, abandoning the Church, resumed his medical character, and settled in practice at Truro, where he discovered the talents of Opie the painter, and assisted him.

In 1780 Wolcot went to London, and commenced writing satires. The first objects of his attentions were the members of the Royal Academy, and these attempts being well received, he soon began to fly at higher game, the King and Queen being the most frequent marks for his satirical shafts. In 1786 appeared 'The Lousiad', a Heroi-Comic Poem, taking its name from a legend that a louse had once appeared on the King's dinner plate.

Other objects of his attack were Boswell, the biographer of Johnson, and Bruce, the Abyssinian traveller. Wolcot, who wrote under the nom-de-plume of "Peter Pindar," had a remarkable vein of humour and wit, which, while intensely comic to persons not involved, stung its subjects to the quick. He had likewise strong intelligence, and a power of coining effective phrases. In other kinds of composition, as in some ballads which he wrote, an unexpected touch of gentleness and even tenderness appears. Among these are The Beggar Man and Lord Gregory. Much that he wrote has now lost all interest owing to the circumstances referred to being forgotten, but enough still retains its peculiar relish to account for his contemporary reputation.

Volume I contains A Supplicating Epistle to the Reviewer, Lyric Odes to the Royal Academicians for 1782, 1783, 1785, Farewell Odes for 1786, The Lousiad Canto I-IV, Congratulatory Epistle to James Boswell, Bozzi and Piozzi, Ode Upon Ode, Apologetic Postscript to Ode Upon Ode, Instructions to a Celebrated Laureat, Brother Peter to Brother Tom, Peter's Prophecy, and Sir Jos. Banks and the Emperor of Morocco.

Volume II contains Epistle to a Falling Minister, Subjects for Painters, Expostulatory Ode, A Benevolent Epistle to Master J. Nicholls, A Rowland for an Oliver, Advice to the Future Laureat, Epistle to J. Bruce, The Rights of Kings, Odes to Mr Paine, The Remonstrance, More Money, The Tears of St Margaret, Odes of Importance, Epistle to Lord Longdale, A Pair of Lyric Epistles to Lord Macartney, Odes to Kien Lond, and Celebration.

Volume III contains The Lousiad Canto V, Ode to the Livery of London, Hair Powder, Royal Tour and Weymouth Amusements, Royal Visit to Exeter, Pindariana; or, Peter's Portfolio, Epistle to the Pope, Pathetic Odes, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Six, The Convention Bill, Tales of the Hoy, Liberty's Last Squeak, Nil Admirari.

CONDITION

The bindings are tight and firm with all covers and pages securely attached. There is some wear to the extremities including bumping to the corners and heavy rubbing to the spines. The titles are visible although Volume III has suffered some loss to the spine label. Internally the pages are generally clean and bright with the occasional handling mark and odd spot. There are business cards stuck to the front pastedowns of all three volumes. Overall these volumes are in very good condition.

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