London: James Ridgway, (1790-1791).
Hardcover. Four works in one volume: 1. Criticisms on the Rolliad. Part the First (Ninth edition, 1791); 2. Criticisms on the Rolliad. Part the Second (Fourth edition, 1790); 3. Probationary Odes for the Laureatship: with a Preliminary Discourse, by Sir John Hawkins, Knt. (Ninth edition, 1791); 4. Political Miscellanies by the authors of the Rolliad and Probationary Odes (First edition, 1790). Octavo. Engraved frontispiece plate and title vignette. Contemporary full tree calf with morocco spine label: "Rolliad Compleat." Rubbing to the spine and joints, else near fine. A scarce complete set of this pioneering collection of satires on the administration of William Pitt the Younger, written in the form of mock reviews of a mock epic. Originally published in the *Morning Herald* in 1784-85, it became an instant sensation. Its anonymous authors also contributed ancillary satires which were published together with it. When collected in book-form, they ran through twenty-two editions. Armorial bookplate of Henry Merrick Hoare and bookseller's ticket on the front pastedown. A handsome copy. *ESTC* T133733, T133732, N11967, and T173343.