Ionnis Wallisii grammatica linguae Anglicanae... Edition sexta...

Ionnis Wallisii grammatica linguae Anglicanae... Edition sexta...
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London: G. Bowyer & A. Millar, 1765. 8vo, xxxv, 281, [2]. With engraved portrait and Hollis’s catalogue of the literature of liberty. Smoke print of binder’s emblem Liberty on final leaf. Red morocco with gilt figure of Britannia on upper cover, an owl on the lower cover, vertical gilt lettering and caduceus on backstrip. Bottom joint cracked, top joint starting. Marbled endpapers and edges with bookplates of two former owners on front pastedown and the signature “E. Gordon Duff” on the verso of the flyleaf. Inscription on second blank leaf reads: “This book was printed at the expense of Mr Holles, who sent some copies to me abroad in the year 1766 for the use of learned foreigners. E. [signature cut out] See Bowyer’s Anecdotes.” The sixth edition of Wallis’s grammar intended for foreign learners was one of several works edited and distributed by Thomas Hollis for “the protection and advancement of English liberty” (DNB). The smoke print records one of the emblematic tools cut by Thomas Pingo for Hollis’s bindings, the second set used after the first was destroyed by fire in 1764. Rothschild 2731. “A most correct and elegant edition with a portrait of Wallis by Cipriani”(Lowndes 2817). The signature is likely to be that of misanthropic English bibliographer, Edward Gordon Duff (1863-1924), whose “scientific” approach to bibliography led to scathing attacks on his colleagues, and to new standards of accuracy in his profession (DNB).The MS note refers to Vol. 9 of Bowyer’s Literary Anecdotes (1812) which observes “To this Volume is prefixed a Portrait of Dr. Wallis, finely copied by Basire from that drawn by Cipriani, for Mr. Hollis’s Edition of the Doctor’s English Grammar.” (Item Id: 105058)

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