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A Lecture on Heads

by Geo. Alex Stevens

With Additions by Mr Pilon As Delivered By Mr Charles Lee lewes

To which is Added

An Essay on Satire

With Forty Seven heads by Nesbit, From Designs

By Thurston

1802 - London - T. Bensley

7" x 4" xi, 124pp

 

DETAILS

Leather bound copy of this interesting lecture with frontispiece and in text illustrations.


Stevens' satiric lecture on heads, fashion, and the whims and foibles of those who have heads was first performed in 1764, and met with such popular acclaim that pirated editions soon began to surface. Lewes, an actor who performed the lecture himself, describes these problems in his "Address to the Public". The lecture owes much to Stevens' observant wit, and its popularity into the 19th century to the craze for physiognomy, which it parodies. Stevens [1710-1784] was a poet and playwright, but nothing he did ever equaled the popularity of this lecture. He also achieved some minor note as (apparently) the person who coined the term "merry-go-round" for carousels, in a 1729 poem.

CONDITION

The volume has been rebound and the binding is tight and firm with all pages securely attached. There is some wear to the extremities including scratches to the leather. The spine is split and the leather is peeling in places. The original title on the spine has been replaced and this is also peeling away. Internally the pages are generally clean and bright apart from the occasional spot and odd handling mark. There is a library sticker on the front pastedown and at least seven library stamps on various pages but priced accordingly and scarce in any condition. There is also an ink signature on the frontispiece. Overall the volume is in good condition.

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