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DISRAELI, Isaac (1766--1848)
Curiosities of literature. Sixth edition. In three volumes. ...
London: John Murray, 1817.
3 vols ; 21.1 cm. (8º)
I: x, 537, [1] p.
II: vi, 520 p., fold. frontis. (facsim.)
III: iv, 483, [1] p.

Anonymous. By Isaac D'Israeli. First published in 1791; the second volume, naming D'Israeli as the author, was first published in 1793, probably to accompany the third edition of the first, and volume three, which lacks the edition statement on the title-page, was first published in 1817. The writer Isaac D'Israeli was the father of the novelist and statesman Benjamin Disraeli; his wife, Maria Basevi, was the aunt of the architect George Basevi (1794--1845), Soane's pupil from December 1810 to June 1816. The Curiosities began as an example of the fashion for biographical anecdotes but expanded into wider ranging essays on a variety of literary subjects. A Second series ... was published in 1823 (q.v.).

Copy Notes Bought from T. & W. Boone for £2 13s., 22 March 1823; the price may include the binding in 'Calf extra'. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.5.6). Bookseller's codes in pencil on rear free-endpaper of vol. III.

Binding C19th calf, gilt triple-ruled and blind-tooled borders, gilt-tooled spines, red morocco spine-labels, red marbled edges to match the endpapers.

Reference Number 4646


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