Joseph Giles

(1714 - 1777/80)

Works in ECPA

alphabetical listing / listing in source editions

Source editions

  • Dodsley, Robert, 1703-1764. A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. V. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758]. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.005)

Biographical note

According to his poem Reflections on Human Life Joseph Giles was born in 1714. He married Mary Piddock (1714-1786) at St Philip's Birmingham on 6 October 1735. Giles was in trade in Birmingham as an engraver from before 1743. He took apprentices in 1743 and 1752 and was listed in trade directories for Birmingham as an engraver and chaser at 11, Snow Hill from 1767 until 1777. He was a friend of William Shenstone who was credited as having "revised and corrected" Giles's poems published in 1771 as Miscellaneous Poems. He is mentioned several times in Shenstone's correspondence. Giles was a bibliophile, being a member of the Birmingham Book Club in 1775 when it met at John Freeth's Coffee House in Birmingham. He subscribed to several books, including Henry Grove's A System of Moral Philosophy (1749), Thomas Gibbons' Juvenilia (1750), John Piper's The Life of Miss Fanny Brown (1760) and Wellins Calcott's Thoughts Moral and Divine (1761). Giles is likely to have died sometime between 1777 and 1780. — Nicholas J Benbow


DMI 5428; WD Q58466743

Reference works

  • Benbow, Nicholas J. Re: Joseph Giles (c1730-fl1771). E-mail to the editor, 13 Nov. 2017.
  • Radcliffe, David H., ed. Joseph Giles (1730 ca.-1771 fl.). Spenser and the Tradition: ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830. Center for Applied Technologies in the Humanities, Virginia Tech, 2006. Web. 1 Oct. 2011.
  • Suarez, Michael F. Giles, Joseph. A Collection of Poems by Several Hands [1782]. Ed. Robert Dodsley and Michael F. Suarez. Vol. I. London: Routledge/Thoemmes, 1997. 155-156. Print. 6 volumes.