first edition Hardcover
1752 · London
by Boyle, John; Fifth Earl of Orrery.
London: Printed for A. Millar, 1752. Book. Very good- condition. Hardcover. First London edition. Octavo (8vo). [ii], 339 pages, [i] blank, [ix] pages of index. Original full leather binding, with heavy rubbing, and several chips to the spine, remaining intact and attractive. Illustrated by a frontisportrait of Swift by Benjamin Wilson. First published in Dublin in 1751, this is the first London edition. This is the first attempt to give an account of the life and work of Swift and proved to be very popular. Orrery's book is, according to the DNB; "full of rancour and grudging criticism even though he and Swift had been good friends.". (Inventory #: 012607)