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The Letters Of Charles Lamb; With A Sketch Of His Life

By Thomas Noon Talfourd

1837 - London - Edward Moxon

8.5" x 5.5"; x, 335, 338

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

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A first edition of this collection of letters by Charles Lamb,who lived from 1764 to 1847.

Lamb was a writer and essayist, and is best known for his Essays of Elia, and a childrens book he wrote with his sister called Tales from Shakespeare. He was friends with the poets Coleridge and Wordsworth, and was a significant member of contemporary literary society in England.

He suffered from mental illness at certain times during his life, and in 1795 spent six weeks in what he described as "a mad house at Hoxton". His sister also struggled in this respect, and this fact is given as an explanation for the family tragedy that befell the Lambs in 1796. His sister stabbed their mother in the heart with a kitchen knife, after being driven to despair.

He is not much read in modern times, but there persists a cult following for his unique, and sometimes odd style. The letters provide an insight into this unique man's life, as well as into the literary society of his day.

Direct from the library of the late Hugh Selbourne MD (1906-1973) a noted book collector and diarist.  

Collated: complete.

CONDITION

In the original cloth with gilt lettering to the spines. Externally sound with some bumping to the extremities, and some wear to the heads of the spines. The spines are a little faded. There is some marking to the boards. The front hinge of volume one is a little weak. The rear free endpaper of volume two has come loose. Internally, the frontispieces of both volumes are a little foxed. The first and last few pages of each volume are a little foxed. With some age toning towards the edges. Generally firmly bound, above exceptions aside. Overall: GOOD


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