Anecdotes of Distinguished Persons, Chiefly of the Present and Two Preceding Centuries
Seward collected anecdotes of famous personages of the 16th to 18th centuries. These are not full biographies but short accounts of interesting incidents in their lives. Contents at beginning of vol. 1 and index at rear of vol. 4. Most of the individuals included are still known today. Learn about how Henry VIII suppressed 647 monasteries, Marie de Medicis left behind her jewels, what Mary, Queen of Scots said before she was executed, how Sir Isaac Newton played backgammon, etc.
Publisher: T. Cadell Jun. and W. Davies
Edition: Fourth Edition
Date Published: 1798
Place Published: London
Dust Jacket: No
Jacket Condition: n/a
Details: 4 vols. Vol. 1: xx, 467; vol. 2: 514; vol. 3: 431; vol. 4: 479 p. + index. 22 cm. Vol. 1: Engraved frontispiece, one engraved plate, the Prayer of Mary Queen of Scots and facsimile letter of John Hampden. Vol. 2: Engraved frontispiece, two engraved plates and one facsimile letter. Vol. 3: Engraved frontispiece and five engraved plates. Vol. 4: Frontispiece. Full leather. Boards rubbed, corners worn, hinges cracking slightly. Vol. 1 front free endpaper coming loose. Vol. 2 spine head a bit chipped, spine labels chipped, tear in p. 265, stain on p. 211. Vol. 3 some dampstains and small tear in first pages at bottom. Vol. 4 frontispiece loosening.