1831 · Boston
The earliest surviving character studies, translated from the original Greek into English. This appears to be an unauthorized American reprinting of the 1824 London edition attributed to "Francis Howell" but actually done by artist and theologian Isaac Taylor; Taylor's preface (signed "T") appears here but his appended commentary on human nature does not, and his => 31 wood engravings — a bust of Theophrastus and 30 caricatures — have been recut.
Evidence of Readership: One sketch in this copy bears a pencilled identification ("The Dissembler" = Dr. Baker); in addition, many of the images have been traced in pencil on the reverse of their plates.
American Imprints 9398. Contemporary tan paper–covered boards with brown cloth shelfback; cloth worn, paper lost over rear board and wrinkled/chipped on front board. Front pastedown and free endpaper with early inked and pencilled inscriptions; tracing and annotation as above. Pages age-toned; one plate with upper portion excised, just shaving top of image. => A quirky copy of a quirky work. (Inventory #: 36683)