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SHENSTONE, William (1714--1763)
[Essays. 1802?]
Essays on men and manners; with aphorisms, criticisms, impromptus, fragments, &c. By William Shenstone, Esq. To which are prefixed the life of the author by Samuel Johnson, ... and his character, by his friend Mr Dodsley. Cooke's edition. Embellished with superb engravings.
London: printed for C. Cooke, by J. Wright, and sold by all the booksellers in the United Kingdom, [1802?].
174, ii, [4] p., add. engr. t.-pl., engr. frontis., engr. port., [2] engr. pl. ; 14.3 cm. (18º)

The plates are dated May--September 1802. Portrait of Shenstone engraved by W. Ridley. Two leaves of publisher's advertisements at the end for Cooke's pocket editions. Additional engraved title-plate reads 'Shenstone's Essays, forming part of Cooke's Pocket Edition of Select British Classics, ...'. The publisher Charles Cooke extended the formula of illustrated pocket editions previously used by John Bell in his Poets of Great Britain series (109 vols, 1776--82) to publish series of uniform pocket editions in other genres such as 'British Classics', 'Sacred Classics', novels and plays, all 'Superbly Embellished'.

Copy Notes Inscribed in pencil on front paste-down 4/4 and #21.

Binding Contemporary early C19th tree calf, gilt-tooled spine, black and red leather spine-labels. Uniform with other volumes of Cooke's Pocket Editions in the Soane Museum.

Reference Number 1065


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