Lewesdon Hill: a poem
Oxford At the Clarendon Press. Sold by D. Prince and J. Cooke, Oxford; J.F. and C. Rivington, T. Cadell, and R. Faulder, London 1788
28 + pp. Small 4to. Disbound. A little dusty and a crease from ancient horizontal fold, else very good. 'By William Crowe, L.L.B. of New College and Public Orator of the University, The Second Edition' in pencil on t.p. This is the first anonymous publishing of the poem in 1788; it was also published under his name at later dates. William Crowe (1745-1829) was a poet and clergyman with other skills in horticulture and timber: he was always selected by the Fellows of New College as their woodsman (DNB). Lewesdon Hill is the highest point in Dorset and the poem describes a walk up the hill on a May morning and what can be seen of the surrounding picturesque landscape. It was published at the time when an interest in the landscape was developing rapidly.