[CANNING, George, and others.]
The Poetry of the Anti-Jacobin.
The Anti-Jacobin was a unique project, a journal to commend the policies of Pitt’s government and condemn the revolutionary cause. Its editor was William Gifford, and the main collaborators were George Canning, John Hookham Frere, and Charles Ellis. The original periodical appeared every Monday from 20 November 1797 to 9 July 1798. It owed much of its fame to verses written by Canning in whole or part, some of them parodies of poets who supported the opposition, especially some wicked stabs at Robert Southey. This selection of poetry from the journal was first published in a single octavo volume, 1799. Expanded here to large paper quarto format printed in Bulmer’s handsome type, and Grangerised by the addition of numerous portraits and plates, it forms a very impressive volume.
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Quarto (282 225 mm). Bound c.1900 by P. Riach in brown crushed morocco, sides panelled in gilt and in black, spine gilt-lettered direct between raised bands and dated in gilt at foot, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. Extra illustrated with 106 contemporary engraved views, portraits, and caricatures, 8 with contemporary hand-colouring, including 6 hand-coloured engraved plates after Gillray. Bookplates of Charles Butler, Warren Wood, Hartfield, and of Eric Quayle. Some occasional rubbing, minor foxing throughout, otherwise a very good copy.