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MATHIAS, Thomas James (1754?--1835)
[The pursuits of literature. Parts 1-4. 1808]
The pursuits of literature a satirical poem in four dialogues with notes. The fourteenth edition with the citations translated and with a complete index.
London: printed for T. Becket, 1808.
xxiv, 579, [69] p. ; 21.7 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. By Thomas Mathias. The pursuits of literature, a wide-ranging satire in verse with extensive notes, was first issued in four parts between 1794 and 1797 (complete ed., 1797, q.v.) and the author's translations of the citations were first issued in 1798 (3rd ed., q.v.). The four parts together with the translations were first consolidated in the ninth edition of 1799. Soane quotes a passage from p. 355 of this edition on p. 18 of his 1835 Description of the Museum (q.v.): 'The arch Palladian, and the Parian stone, / The pride of Chambers and of Soane' with the footnote 'Mr . Soane has more fancy and airiness of design, and is certainly a man of informaiton and ingenuity: but he indulges himself a little too much in extravaganzas and whims: see the Bank.'

Binding C19th calf, thick-thin gilt-ruled borders and spine, green morocco spine-label, marbled edges to match the endpapers. Bound by Hood & McCullock for 3s. 6d., 13 August 1827. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.6.14).

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