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Elegant Extracts, Poetry and Prose Volumes

By Vicesimus Knox

1790 - London - Charles Dilly

9.5" x 6.5"; vi, [6], 484, 439, xvi, [8], 1019

 
 

 
 
 

 

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An early edition of Vicesimus Knoxs often reprinted Elegant Extracts, complete with four parts in two volumes.

 

Knox was Headmaster of Tonbridge school, and notorious as a moralist and pacifist. He was controversial also for his support of womens rights. But he also wrote extensively on literature, and this work perhaps finds its source from his position as an educator. Each volume includes extracts of both poetry and prose respectively, designed to enrich and guide young minds.

 

First published in 1798, the work was often reprinted. This copy is from the library of Peter King, the 7th Baron King of Ockham, Surrey. King was a politician, and published works on economics. This edition was published just before he took his seat in the Lords.

 

King married Lady Hester Fortescue in 1804, and this copy may have been purchased for the two sons and two daughters he had with her.

CONDITION

In full calf with gilt detailing to the spines. Externally sound, with light rubbing to the boards and to the spines, and general shelfware. The hinges are slightly strained but firm. With bookplates and ink library stamps to both of the front pastedowns. The poetry volume has a closed tear to the title page. Both volumes are generally clean and bright throughout with just a little foxing and the occasional mark here and there. Both a generally firmly bound. Overall: VERY GOOD


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