Poetry of the Anti-Jacobin. by [ANTI-JACOBIN.]


Poetry of the Anti-Jacobin. Fourth Edition. London, J. Wright, 1801.

Fourth Edition. Folio (290 x 220 mm), pp. [vi], 256, some foxing in text but generally clean and printed on good, thick paper, in contemporary mottled calf, double gilt fillet to covers, with roll-tool border and simple panel lines, unfortunately having suffered a grievous reback at some stage, in plain, pale leather, gutters strengthened with tape over original red marbled endpapers, marbled edges.

A collection of poems taken from the Anti-Jacobin, or weekly Examiner, 1797-98, a popular satirical magazine founded by George Canning and edited by William Gifford. Opposed to the philosophy of the French Revolution, many of the poems used innovative forms to express political ideals and undermine radical ideas. ‘The political targets of the Poetry of the Anti-Jacobin are manifold: the villainy of the French, the treachery of the Irish, the hypocrisy of the Whigs, the philanthropic cant of the radical’ (John Strachan, ‘Poetry of the anti-Jacobin’ in A Companion to Romanticism, 1999). The romantic poets, therefore, came in for their share and both Wordsworth and Coleridge were targets of some of Canning’s poems. Poems included in this compilation are ‘Sonnet to Liberty’, ‘The Duke and Taxing-Man’, ‘Brissot’s Ghost’ and ‘The Loves of Triangles’, a parody of Erasmus Darwin.

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