Very Good. Item #5871
[Shrewsbury Quarry] Shrewsbury: J. Eddowes [et. al.], 1769. First Edition. Octavo. 47 pages. Bound in green and beige cloth together with 1809 Shrewsbury pamphlet. Boards are soiled and cracked along edges. Spine reads "Shrewsbury" in gilt lettering, now faded and barely legible. Some soiling to wrapper title and a couple shallow chips and tears along fore-edge with no loss to text. Pages otherwise bright with some foxing throughout.
Jones's panegyric for Lord Chesterfield had endeared him to the Statesman. With Chesterfield as his patron, Jones achieved literary success, culminating in his play The Earl of Essex. Excessive drinking and a short temper would lead to his ruin, however, eventually getting run over by a wagon while he was intoxicated in 1770. A scarce copy of one of the Irish poet's final works published in his lifetime; no mention is made of this work in the Dictionary of National Biography.
[Speeches Delivered] Shrewsbury: Salopian Journal Office, by J. and W. Eddowes, 1809. First Edition. Octavo. 22 pages. First and last leaves moderately soiled with some tearing along gutter and few smaller tears along fore-edge, but with no loss to text. Final gathering separated along gutter and rather loose, but still holding by pamphlet's middle stitches. Overall a sound, acceptable copy.
A series of congratulatory addresses from the town of Shrewsbury for Colonel Wardle, who earlier in the year had overcome government charges of libel to expose the Duke of York's corruption and allegedly inappropriate relationship with Mary Anne Clark. The Duke subsequently retired and Wardle was the toast of England...until he was accused of conspiring with Clark, lost his reputation, and retired to a farm to sell milk.