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COOKE, William (ca. 1740--1824)
Conversation: a didactic poem, in three parts. By William Cooke, Esq. ... The fourth edition, revised, and enlarged with poetical portraits of the principal characters of Dr. Johnson's Club.
London: printed for T. Underwood, 1815.
xxvi, [2], 110 p. ; 16.5 cm. (8º)

First edition published in 1796. 'Printed by C. Roworth' (title-page verso). William Cooke, from Ireland, was a barrister with literary and theatrical pretensions, the author of biographies of the actors Charles Macklin (q.v.) and Samuel Foote (q.v.).

Copy Notes Inscription in ink at head of title: To / John Soane Esqr. / with Complim[en]ts from the Author. Top strip of the title page folded over to preserve this inscription when the book was bound.

Binding Later C19th half green ribbed morocco, gilt-ruled spine, marbled-paper boards. The text is blocked out with twenty-four blank leaves at beginning and end. Bound by George Richmond for 1s. 6d., 20 May 1853. (Curatorial papers/Bailey/Parcel 1).

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