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[New foundling hospital for wit. Parts 1--6]
The new foundling hospital for wit. Being a collection of several curious pieces, in verse and prose: ... The third edition.
London:, printed for J. Almon,, 1771--1773.
6 vols ; 15.5 cm. (sm. 8°)
I: vi, 136 p., engr. frontis.
II: [4], 180 p., engr. frontis.
III: [6], 171, [5] p., engr. frontis.
IV: viii, [1], 6--196 p., engr. frontis.
V: [4], 180 p., engr. frontis.
VI: 182, [2] p., engr. frontis.

Preceded by The Foundling Hospital for Wit (1743--49), the New Foundling Hospital was first published as a periodical (1768--1772) edited by the political journalist and bookseller John Almon. A popular collection of contemporary commentary and satire by various 'eminent persons', including David Garrick, Charles Churchill, Lord Lyttelton, Robert Potter and the Earl of Chesterfield, on the state of British society, morals, etc. Almon published a sequel, The fugitive miscellany, in 1774 (q.v.). The Soane set as described here comprises part 1 in the third edition, 1771; parts 2 and 3, without the publisher's name, dated 1769 (2nd ed.?); part 4 dated 1771; part 5 misdated '1722' [corrected in ink to 1772]; part 6 dated 1773. In the list of books printed for Almon which appears after the main text in vol. III, each is priced at 2s. 6d. ESTC t139949 (part 1), ESTC t139948 (part 2), ESTC t139948 (part 3), ESTC t139947 (part 4), ESTC n60584 (part 5), ESTC n51896 (part 6).

Copy Notes Bought from Thomas Boone for 16s., 24 April 1806, as a uniformly bound eight-volume set with The fugitive miscellany, 1774 (q.v.) as vol. 7, and another collection of "fugitive pieces" A companion for a leisure hour, 1769 (q.v.) as vol. 8. (Spiers Box). With Boone's annotations and codes in pencil on front free-endpaper of vol. I Scarce / 8 Vols =16s=. Soane, appointed architect to the Bank of England in 1788, annotates the poem printed on pp. 29--30 of vol. II having the title 'On Certain New Buildings Near The Royal Exchange' The Bank (p. 29 by title) and St. Christopher Lestocks [i.e. Le Stocks] pulled down to make room for the Bank bgs. (p. 30).

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt-ruled spine, maroon spine-label gilt-lettered 'Hospital For Wit 1 (-6)'.

Reference Number 1466

Additional Names Thomas Boone; Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of (1694--1773); Garrick, David (1717--1779); Almon, John (1757--1805); Churchill, Charles (1731--1764); Lyttelton, George Lyttelton, Baron (1709--1773); Potter, Robert (1721--1804)

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