Letters on the most common, as well as important, occasions in life, by Cicero, Pliny, Voiture, Balzac, St. Evremont, Locke, Ld Lansdowne, Temple, Dryden, Garth, Pope, Gay, Swift, Rowe, and other writers of distinguish’d Merit; with many original letters and cards, by the editor. Who has also prefix’d, A Dissertation on the Epistolary Stile; With proper Directions for addressing Persons of Rank and Eminence. For the use of young gentlemen and ladies. John Newbery.

Letters on the most common, as well as important, occasions in life, by Cicero, Pliny, Voiture, Balzac, St. Evremont, Locke, Ld Lansdowne, Temple, Dryden, Garth, Pope, Gay, Swift, Rowe, and other writers of distinguish’d Merit; with many original letters and cards, by the editor. Who has also prefix’d, A Dissertation on the Epistolary Stile; With proper Directions for addressing Persons of Rank and Eminence. For the use of young gentlemen and ladies.

1756. London : printed for J. Newbery, in St. Paul’s Church-Yard, 1756.

12mo, xxvi, (6), 352 pp. title-page toned and re-attached, text block close-trimmed to fore-edge (but no loss of text), bookplate of Dudley Wilson on rear pastedown (rubbed with loss), red edges, mid 19th century dark green half morocco, rubbed, slight wear at head of spine.

§ First edition of this most thorough guide to juvenile letter-writing etiquette. ESTC T53410. Roscoe, J266 (1). Rare. Only two locations for the first edition listed on COPAC (British Library, National Library of Scotland). Not in Gumuchian. The only copies we have traced at auction in the last thirty-five years have been the 1787 reprint. Prior to that there are two auction records in the 1970s for editions of 1757 and 1764. Item #122497

Price: $1,750.00

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