Anecdotes, Observations, and Characters, of Books and Men. Collected from the Conversation of Mr. Pope, and Other Eminent Persons of His Time
first editionthree-quarter burgundy morocco over marbled boards, spine with extra gilt, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers
by [SPENCE Joseph] . SINGER Samuel Weller
London: W. H. Carpenter, 1820. First edition. three-quarter burgundy morocco over marbled boards, spine with extra gilt, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Spine faded to brown, very slight rubbing, else fine. Quarto. Frontispiece illustration Bound with "Supplemental Anecdotes From Mr. Spence's papers", including index pages 323-502 "The French abound in collections of this nature ... England has produced few examples .. sufficient to name a few "Selden's Table Talk, Boswell's Life of Johnson" and "the Walpoliana." ... Whatever may have been the motive with which this compilation was begung, it was evidently continue, completed, and transcribed, with a view to the public; Mr. Spence had conditionally sold it to Dodsley, meditating a posthumous publication, but his executors were armed with a discretionary power, and prevailed upon the Bookseller to forego his claim, probably deeming many of the Anecdotes of too recent date for publication ... It is thus that these anecdotes have hitherto remained a Sealed Book ..." -from the Preface.
(Inventory #: 33737)
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