1804. Birmingham: by the Author, 1804.
12mo, xi, [i] 184pp. Engraved portrait, with the half-title. Occasional spotting; expertly rebacked; still an attractive, untrimmed copy in the original drab boards.
§ First edition of this collection of provincial verse by John Collins (1742-1808), the actor, poet and sometime bookseller who became noted in the last quarter of the 18th century for his somewhat eccentric performances which combined recitations, singing, and dialect performances (see ODNB). It is quite rare. (COPAC finds copies only at BL + Bodleian + Birmingham but WorldCat adds several more). John Drury noted of a copy: “A delightful piece of amusing, iconoclastic, word play, being a gathering together of Collins's poems and songs. John Collins, 1742-1808, called 'Brush Collins', actor and poet, laid claim to theatrical fame mainly in his development of a kind of cabaret performance that combined his own light verse with songs, imitations of popular actors, and dialect performances. These evening performances generally went under the title of The Brush> or The Evening Brush,> because, according to an advertisement of 1793, it was intended 'for rubbing off the rust of care'. Collins thus became popularly known as 'Brush Collins'. [Trevor R. Griffiths in ODNB].”. Item #107260