WHITTEL, Thomas. The whimsical Love of Thomas Whittle; with the comical Reception he found from that imperious Beauty, Ann Dobson. Digested in Prose and Verse. To which is added, Whittle’s humorous Letter to Mr. Moody, Razor-Setter … Printed by J. Marshall, in the Old Flesh-Market, Newcastle … [1810–28?].
12mo (144 × 91 mm), pp. 24; small woodcut tailpiece of a house to p. 22; rather creased and soiled, small stain to p. 8, affecting two words, bottom lines of some pages shaved, but still discernible; disbound.
Popular provincial literature: a sorry tale of unrequited love. Thomas Whittell (d.1821) was a Northumbrian poet, whose Whimsical Love went through a number of undated editions (in Newcastle, Gateshead, Morpeth, etc.), the earliest possibly dating from the 1790s. The suggested dates here, taken from COPAC, are derived from Hunt’s The Book Trade in Northumberland and Durham to 1860 (1975).
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