WALPOLE, Horace. MASON, William. Satirical Poems Published anonymously by William Mason with Notes by Horace Walpole now first printed from his manuscript. Edited, with an Expose of the Mystification, Notes and Index by Paget Toynbee. Oxford at the Clarendon Press. 1926.
4to., original cloth backed paper covered boards. Portrait frontispiece after Reynolds and 5 other portraits. A very good copy.
First edition. Inscribed by the editor "To William Radcliffe from his old friend the Editor." Also with an autograph letter from Paget Toynbee to William Radcliffe tipped-in, thanking Radcliffe for a gift of a box of peaches.
"For many years the legend persisted that HW had at least assisted in the composition of Mason's Heroic Epistle to Sir William Chambers. In fact, however, he merely assisted in the planned mystification by pretending in letters and conversation that he did not know the author." (Hazen 66).