Essay on the Progressive Improvement of Mankind.
An oration, delivered in the chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge, on the day of commemoration. Monday, Dec. 17, 1798.London: Printed by W. Bulmer and co., 1799 Stock Code: 132833
First edition of the future prime minister's first work, his prize declamation as a student at Cambridge, privately printed when he was just nineteen. The speech attracted Charles James Fox's attention and was commended by him in the House of Commons. Uncommon, with ESTC locating eight copies.
Quarto (272 x 214 mm). 20th-century red cloth, spine lettered in gilt.
With the 19th-century bookplate of the Earl of Cowper; early notation of author's identity on the title page. Cloth rubbed, hinges splitting at head, endpapers spotted, but contents clean. A very good copy.
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