1858 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Christopher Anstey

Samuel Austin Allibone, in Critical Dictionary of English Literature (1858-71; 1882) 1:65.



Christopher Anstey, 1724-1805, was a son of the Rev. Christopher Anstey, Rector of Brinkeley, in Cambridgeshire. He published a number of works, 1766-1804; but his fame rests upon the New Bath Guide, one of the most popular poems of the day, published in London, 1766. Dodsley gave 200 for the copyright, which Anstey bestowed in aid of the hospital at Bath. The publisher declared that the profits on the sale were greater than he had ever gained in the same period by any other book, and in 1777 he returned it to the author.