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H. C. [IRELAND, William Henry].. The fisher boy. A poem, Comprising his several avocations, during the four seasons of the year.

London. Printed for Vernor, Hood & Sharpe, [1808]. First edition.
vi, 116pp. With an engraved title page and a further four engraved plates.

[Together with:] IRELAND, W[illiam] H[enry]. The sailor-boy. A poem, in four cantos: Illustrative of the navy of great britain. London. Printed for Sherwood, Neely, & Jones, 1822. viii, 208pp. With an engraved frontispiece and a further four engraved plates.

12mo. Uniformly bound in contemporary green half-calf, tooled in gilt and blind, marbled boards, marbled edges. Lightly rubbed. Booksellers tickets to both FEPs of Weymouth based printed and binder John Commins, early inked ownership inscriptions to FFEPs.
Following the revelation of his Shakespeare forgeries, and the publication of his Confessions... (London, 1805), William Henry Ireland (1775-1835) produced a plethora of works under numerous pseudonyms. The two present works are attempts at popular pieces in imitation of Robert Bloomfield's immensely successful pastoral poem The Farmer's Boy (London, 1796); both initially issued by Bloomfield's publisher in an intentionally similar format and style.
£ 350.00 Antiquates Ref: 15267