The son of a Cambridgeshire clergyman, Christopher Anstey attended Eton College (1738-42) and King's College Cambridge (B.A. 1746; Fellow 1745-54); he was denied his M.A. for casting aspersions on University authorities ("Granta, sweet Granta, where studious of ease, Seven years I did sleep, and then lost my degrees"). In 1754 Anstey succeeded to the family estate at Anstey Hall. His New Bath Guide (1766) was one of the great comic successes of the century; Thomas Campbell errs in suggesting that the poet took his characters from Humphrey Clinker — Smollett imitated Anstey. He served in Parliament and resided at Bath from 1770 to his death in 1805.
The new Bath guide. 1766.
On the death of the Marquis of Tavistock. 1767.
The patriot. 1767.
Ode on an Evening view of the Cresent at Bath. 1773.
The priest dissected. 1774.
The election ball, in poetical letters from Mr. Inkle at Bath. 1776.
Ad C. W. Bampfylde, Arm: Epistola poetica familiaris. 1776.
Envy: a poem. 1778.
Winter Amusements: an ode. 1778.
A paraphrase or poetical exposition of the thirteenth chapter of first Corinthians. 1779.
Speculation: or a defence of mankind. 1780.
Liberality; or the decayed macaroni. A sentimental piece. 1788.
The farmer's daughter: a poetical tale. 1795.
The monopolist: a poetical tale. 1795.
Britain's genius: a song occasioned by the mutiny at the Nore. 1797.
Contentment: or, hints to servants on the present scarcity: a poetical epistle. 1800
Ad Edvardum Jenner: Carmen Alcaicum. 1803.
Poetical works. 1808.
Prose works, ed. John Anstey. 1808.
The new Bath guide. 1928.