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Ascham, Roger: The English Works, ed. Bennet

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Stock No. 1024BS

The English Works of Roger Ascham, Preceptor to Queen Elizabeth ... With Notes and Observations, and the Author's Life.  By James Bennet, Master of the Boarding-School at Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire.  London.  Printed for R. and J. Dodsley, 1761.  Pp. 4, [5], xvi, 295.  The scarce first issue (of two) with the dated title-page, no half-title, and the leaf of "Additional Subscribers" omitted in the second (1767) issue.  4º (275 mm.), contemporary full speckled calf, neatly rebacked with new lettering-piece, raised bands.  Bookplates of Robert Walpole Esq. of Lincoln's Inn (on pastedown) and Samuel Wegg (on free endpaper).

The dedication, the life, and the notes were written by Samuel Johnson - see A.T. Hazen, Samuel Johnson's Prefaces and Dedications, p. 19 ff.  It is said that, with typical generosity, Johnson allowed Bennet to take the credit for what is now considered one of his major pieces of editorial work.

Some foxing/browning to endpapers, internally generally clean.


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