The Works of Peter Pindar. In three (four) volumes.
London: Printed for John Walker, 1794-96. 4 vols., 8vo, (vol. 1) eng. t/p and port. frontis., 444, (8); eng. t/p, 431, (5); eng. t/p, 495, (6); eng. t/p, 500, (7)pp. Original drab blue boards, white paper backstrips, orange printed labels, a very fine set in original condition (vol. IV with a minor stain on upper cover and a slight tear in the paper backstrip). First collected edition, issued in three volumes (as stated on the first three title-pages) with a supplementary fourth volume here present with an amended title-page. Wolcot (1738-1819) was immensely popular for two decades, and up to his death was a well-known and frequently visited figure in literary and artistic circles. Exuberantly vituperative in print as Peter Pindar, Wolcot was of an attractive and sympathetic character, generous to friends and a welcome guest, even in great houses such as Fonthill, where he allayed any anxieties his host William Beckford had by his charming behaviour in a party which included Nelson and Emma Hamilton. He knew or was known to almost every person of note in his time, although today he is virtually unheard of.
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