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STERNE, Laurence (1713--1768)
The sermons of Mr. Yorick. Vol. III (--VI). A new edition.
London:, printed for W. Strahan; T. Becket, and T. Cadell,, 1776.
4 vols ; 15.1 cm. (8º)
III: [4], 182 p.
IV: [4], 197, [1] p.
V: [4], 216 p.
VI: [4], 197, [3] p.

The figure of Parson Yorick first appears as a character in the first volume of Laurence Sterne's hugely popular novel The life and opinions of Tristram Shandy, gentleman (q.v.), the first two volumes of which were published anonymously in 1759. Sterne evidently felt at home in this new identity, publishing his own sermons under the pseudonym of Yorick and later using the name for the protagonist of A sentimental journey through France and Italy, first published in 1768 (q.v.). Volumes I and II of The sermons of Mr. Yorick were first published by R. and J. Dodsley in 1760, with third and fourth volumes being issued by T. Becket and P.A. De Hondt in 1766; a further three volumes were published after Sterne's death. This edition consists of the sermons included in the original vols. III--VII, condensed into four voumes numbered III--VI. The final leaf contains a list of 'Books written by Mr. Sterne' including Tristram Shandy in 6 vols, '15s. sewed'; A sentimental journey, 2 vols, '5s. sewed'; Sermons, 'In six Volumes complete. 15s. sewed'; and Letters to his most intimate friends [no price given]. ESTC t14724.

Copy Notes Vols. IV and V inscribed in ink on title-page John Soan, prior to 1783 when Soane began to add the final 'e' to his name. Bound and presumably acquired as volumes III--VI in a six-volume set of Sterne's sermons with the twelfth edition of volumes I--II, 1775 (q.v.) bearing Soane's ownership inscription dated 1778 in vol. I. A note on the endpaper of his sketchbook 'Notes Italy and Italian Language' (SM Vol 162) records that '6 vol. of Stern's Sermons' and '19 vol of Gianelli's [i.e. Giannone's] History of Naples' (q.v.) were 'Sent to England in Mr. Burdon's Box' in August 1779. See P. de la Ruffinière du Prey, John Soane's architectural education (New York and London 1977), p. 239

Binding C18th calf, gilt-ruled spine, red morocco spine-label, numbered as vols '3' to '6' of a six-volume set.

Reference Number 1100

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