OGDEN, James (1718-1802). The British Lion Rous’d; or Acts of the British Worthies, A Poem in Nine Books. Manchester: R. Whitworth, 1762.

$ 2,800.00

4to., (9 ¼ x 6 ¼ inches). Half title, list of subscribers (upper corner of title page renewed, very occasional spotting). Modern half tan calf, marbled boards.

First edition. The only edition of this rare descriptive poem on the French and Indian War, describing the siege and fall of Quebec and the deaths of Montcalm and Wolfe. “By 1772 Ogden had returned to his former trade as a fustian shearer, continuing well into the 1790s in this line of employment, but it was his literary pursuits which over the years brought him fame. The Manchester Gazette, in an obituary notice, stated that he was ‘a person well known in the literary world’, and although the Manchester Directory designates him as a poet for the first time in 1797, Ogden's first publications appeared some thirty-five years earlier with An Epistle on Poetical Composition (1762), a poem entitled On the Crucifixion and Resurrection (1762) which was an orthodox comment on Jesus Christ published specifically for release on Good Friday, and The British Lion Rous’d, or, Acts of the British Worthies, a Poem in Nine Books (1762) which was published by subsidy of 600 subscribers and is indicative of the kind of recognition Ogden's literary talents received. As a poet Ogden was more consistently productive than prolific in the years to follow, with his writings presenting fairly standard, albeit poetically elegant, observations on the subjects he discussed” (Michael T. Davis for DNB).

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