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(BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.)

Eccentric Biography;

or, sketches of remarkable characters, ancient and modern... the whole alphabetically arranged; and forming a pleasing delineation of the singularity, whim, folly, caprice &c. &c. of the human mind. Ornamented with portraits. Of the most singular characters noticed in this work.

London, Printed by J. Cundee, for Vernor and Hood, and T. Hurst, 1801 Stock Code: 138864
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Notes

First edition of this collection of biographies of historical and contemporary eccentrics, here an issue with the stipple engraved plates printed in colour, not known in other copies. Eccentrics vary from Bamfylde Moore Carew, king of the beggars, to various historical figures including Alexander the Great, Aristotle, Joan of Arc, Catherine the Great, and Mozart. Of particular interest is the sketch of Mary Wollstonecraft, among the earliest accounts of the life of the writer, focusing especially on her suicide attempt as apparent proof of her eccentricity. A scarce item, Worldcat locating nine copies, with two more added by LibraryHub.

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Description

Duodecimo (143 x 80 mm). Contemporary speckled calf, red sheep label to spine, gilt lyre motifs and ruling to smooth spine, gilt roll to covers, light blue speckled edges, marbled endpapers.

Illustrations

With 5 stipple engravings printed in colour.

Condition

Contemporary heraldic bookplate of Anna Maria Ridgway to front pastedown. Superficial split to front joint but still firm, very minor insect damage to rear cover, light foxing and occasional close cropping to contents, minor hole to initial endpapers. A very good copy.

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