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