signedfirst editionContemporary calf, neatly rebacked, new front endpapers, gilt ruled spine in six compartments with blindstamped leaf pattern rep
by Lawrence, Herbert
London: Printed for J. Whiston and M. Lawrence,  First edition, a presentation copy, inscribed by the author in ink on preliminary blank: "Henrietta Anne Fortescue / a present from the author. Contemporary calf, neatly rebacked, new front endpapers, gilt ruled spine in six compartments with blindstamped leaf pattern repeated in each. . Octavo. Copper-engraved frontispiece and twelve copper-engraved plates. Some wear to boards, corners rubbed. Closed 3" tear to gutter margin of front flyleaf. Very slight scattered foxing, intermittent light toning. Minor offsetting from engravings. Discrete contemporary ink signature of Henrietta Anne Fortescue ("H. Fortescue") at the top of title-page. A very good copy. The Passions Personify'd is thought to be by Herbert Lawrence, possibly the surgeon and author of the novel The Life and Adventures of Common Sense (1769), an early work questioning Shakespeare's authorship and suggesting Bacon as a possible author. The present work contains twelve fables. (Inventory #: 16464)
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