The Passions Personify'd, in Familiar Fables.
London: Printed for J. Whiston and M. Lawrence, 1773. 8vo, contemporary full calf rebacked with later gilt-ruled, decoratively blindstamped calf. [ii], vi, 104 pp. Engraved frontispiece and twelve plates drawn and engraved by John Miller. Covers worn, hinges cracked, but a sound copy of an uncommon work inscribed. First Edition. Presentation copy, inscribed on flyleaf: "Henrietta Anne Fortescue / A Present from the Author". (Henrietta's signature appears on the title-page.) Halkett & Laing attribute this work to Edward Young, the author of Night-Thoughts; but everybody ascribes it to Herbert Lawrence, whose best-known work, The Life and Adventures of Common Sense: An Historical Allegory (first published in 1769 by M. Lawrence), uses a similar device of a personified Common Sense, who travels through time and comments on ancient and modern history. Edward Young, moreover, had died in April, 1765, so it would have been difficult for him to inscribe this copy in 1773. The twelve verse fables in the collection are ironic narratives involving such characters as "Honour, Vanity, and Content" and "Prudence, Dissipation, and Justice." NUC locates two copies of this work. Henrietta Anne Fortescue (née Hoare) was a Scottish artist; she died in 1841.
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