LACON, OR MANY THINGS IN FEW WORDS, addressed to Those Who Think
by Colton, Rev. C.C.
New York: Charles Wells. Very Good. 1836. Leather Bound. Former owner's name on front pastedown endpaper, scattered foxing, otherwise clean and tight in 19th century full leather binding with gilt lettering and decorative stamping in compartments at spine, elaborate gilt borders and central decorative devices to both boards, interior gilt dentelles, all edges gilt. Leather rubbed at hinges and edges, still an attractive and unusual American binding. Charles Caleb Colton (1780–1832) was an English cleric, writer and collector, well known for his eccentricities. Colton left England in 1828, possibly fleeing from his creditors, and for two years Colton traveled throughout the United States, then established a residence in Paris. Colton's books, including collections of epigrammatic aphorisms and short essays on conduct, were extremely popular in his day. Toward the end of 1820, Colton published the first part of this work -- Lacon, or Many Things in Few Words To Those Who Think, in a small edition. It was very successful and immediately went through five additional printings. The second part of Lacon appeared in 1822 followed by many combined editions, like the one offerred here, over the years to come. . (Inventory #: 39472)
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