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GROSE, Francis (1731?--1791)
The olio: being a collection of essays, dialogues, letters, biographical sketches. Anecdotes, pieces of poetry, parodies, bon mots, epigrams, epitaphs, &c. chiefly original. By the late Francis Grose, Esq. F.R.S. & A.S. Second edition, corrected and enlarged, with a portrait of the author.
London: printed for Hooper and Wigstead, 1796.
xxiii, [1], 321, [3] p., etch. frontis. : [1] wd-engr. illus. ; 19.5 cm. (12º)

First published in 1792. The greater part of the essays were printed originally in the English Chronicle under the assumed character of 'Grumbler'. The others, never before printed and probably only partially by Grose, best known for his illustrated antiquarian works such as The antiquities of England and Wales, 1772--76 (q.v.), have been collected and arranged by the publisher; cf. Advertisement. Among the humorous anecdotes, verses, and essays (on such subjects as begging, funerals, public nuisances, and blundering pedantry), are biographical anecdotes and notices of William Oldys, Joseph Ames, and Dr. Johnson, among others. The frontispiece, dated 'Feby. 1st. 1796', is a full-length portrait of the author; the wood-engraved illustration on p. [96] is 'from a caricature of the author, sketched by himself'. Leaf A1 is probably a blank. ESTC t83276.

Copy Notes Lacking the initial leaf recorded in the collation. Bought from Thomas Boone for 4s., 9 June 1804. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.1.4). With Boone's price and codes in pencil on the front free-endpaper.

Binding Early C19th marbled calf, gilt-tooled spine, black morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 620


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