1783 Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Letteres
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An Important Work, First Edition, Leather Binding, Very Scarce
These forty-seven lectures were given whilst Blair was the chair of Rhetoric at the University of Edinburgh. He was a proponent for young people acquiring effective writing skills as he thought they were of important value socially in elevating status, in addition to promoting virtue and morality. These lectures form a guide to rhetoric.
A frequently reprinted work, Blair provides an organised guide to belletristic rhetoric and literary theory in a concise and accessible form.
With the erratum to the rear of volume III.
Contemporary owner's inscription to the recto of title page to volume I, Rev Young. Another contemporary inscription to the front pastedown of all volumes.
ESTC reference no N5887.
This is the first Dublin edition of the work, issued the same year as the London edition. The Dublin edition was issued in three volumes, whereas the London edition was issued in two.
In uniform full calf bindings, with gilt stamping to the spines. Externally, generally smart. Loss to the bottom of front joint to volume II. Small loss to the bottom of spine to volume III. Otherwise, just some light shelf wear to the extremities. Prior owner's inscription to the front pastedown of all volumes. A second contemporary inscription to the title pages of volume I. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright. Minor worm holes to the bottom margin of pages 378-end of volume I, not affecting text.
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