Item #123339 An Essay on the Writings and Genius of Shakespeare, Compared with the Greek and French Dramatic Poets. With Some Remarks on the Misrepresentations of Mons. De Voltaire. The Sixth Edition, Corrected. To Which are Added, Three Dialogues of the Dead. Mrs. Elizabeth Montagu.
An Essay on the Writings and Genius of Shakespeare, Compared with the Greek and French Dramatic Poets. With Some Remarks on the Misrepresentations of Mons. De Voltaire. The Sixth Edition, Corrected. To Which are Added, Three Dialogues of the Dead.

An Essay on the Writings and Genius of Shakespeare, Compared with the Greek and French Dramatic Poets. With Some Remarks on the Misrepresentations of Mons. De Voltaire. The Sixth Edition, Corrected. To Which are Added, Three Dialogues of the Dead.

1810. London: Harding and Wright, for R. Priestley and R. Lea, 1810.

Tall 8vo, xxiii, 296pp. Contemporary full calf, spine lettered and decorated in gilt between gilt-ruled black bands, covers ruled in double gilt and blind Greek-key pattern. Some foxing front and back, generally very good with a magnificent armorial bookplate.

§ Sixth edition. Although Mrs. Montagu was derided by some (like Johnson e.g.) as a blue-stocking, Warton and Cowper praised her work (which was inspired by Voltaire's jibes at Shakespeare) highly. This copy contains the bookplate of - and was most likely bound for - Sir Gore Ouseley, Baronet (1770-1844), a distinguished English diplomat and Oriental scholar and collector. His deft negotiations with Russia and Persia won him honors which are listed on his bookplate; and he held several significant scholarly posts in his later years. Item #123339

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