Stock No. 1046BS
Elegant Extracts: Being a Copious Selection of Instructive, Moral, and Entertaining Passages, from the Most Eminent Prose Writers/from the Most Eminent British Poets/Elegant Epistles: Being a Copious Selection of Instructive, Moral, and Entertaining Letters, from the Most Eminent Epistolary Writers. London, John Sharpe and Hector McLean, nd (but c. 1810), additional engraved title-page to each part (most volumes containing two parts). Small 4º (125 x 80 mm.). Thirteen volumes only (of eighteen). This edition of this famous series was published in eighteen volumes, six of poetry, six of prose, and six of letters. The present collection lacks five volumes, three of verse, one of prose and one of letters. The volumes are distinguished by early 19C. morocco bindings of outstanding quality and condition, raised bands, spines gilt and lettered direct, upper and lower covers with multiple gilt fillets and blindstamping, board edges and inner dentelles gilt, all edges gilt, grey endpapers; apart from a few minor faults and slight wear to some corners, in fine condition. Bookplates of David P. Thompson.
Vicesimus Knox (1752-1821), essayist and minister, headmaster of Tonbridge School, author of Essays Moral and Literary (1778) and Winter Evenings; or, Lucubrations of Life and Letters (1788); something of a controversial figure for his support for women’s rights and his pacifism.