An Election Ball, in Poetical Letters from Mr. Inkle, at Bath, to His Wife at Glocester: with a Poetical Address to John Miller, Esq. at Batheaston Villa.[Inscribed in ink on inside cover:] H Wigley April 2. 1788.
Printed for the Author by S. Hazard, Bath; And Sold by Dodsley, Pall-Mall, and Wilkie, St. Paul's-Church-Yard, London: Fletcher and Hodson, at Cambridge; and by S. Hazard, and all the other Booksellers at Bath. M.DCC.LXXVI. [1776.] Price Two Shillings and Six-Pence.
Book; 4to. Original boards. Slighty tatty.
Engraved frontispiece by C. W. Bampfylde. Christopher Anstey (1724-1805) was an English writer and poet. His early writing life showed little success but when he moved to Bath, his 1766 publication of penned rhymed letters 'The New Bathe Guide', the satirical poem of considerable sparkle, had immediate success. This 1776 publication of Poetical Letters sustained the reputation won by the Guide. This publication consists of a series of letters from Mr. Inkle to his wife Dinah, at Gloucester, describing a 1775 ball given to celebrate Sir John Sebright’s re-election to Parliament as member for Bath. Inkle is scarcely a member of polite society, but he is ambitious and would very much like to become one. He brings along his daughter Margery (“Madge”), who has her own aspirations to become fashionable, with disastrous consequences, and we see the shortcomings and eccentricities of Bath society through his naive eyes.
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