Remarks on the Life and Writings of Dr. Jonathan Swift, Dean of St. Patrick's, Dublin; In a Series of Letters from John Early of Orrery to his Son, the Honourable Hamilton Boyle
EARL OF ORRERY, John
An immediate bestseller when it was published, this third edition is considered, by Froes, to be the best, most corrected text and has been used for authoritative reprints. Of the author, Samuel Johnson wrote: "His conversation was like his writings, neat and elegant, but without strength. He grasped at more than his abilities could reach; tried to pass for a better talker, a better writer, and a better thinker than he was." Macaulay more directly called him, "A most prodigious ass." Despite these criticisms, Orrery was a close friend of Swift's, and this text became the definitive work on Swift, solidifying his reputation as an important literary figure.
Publisher: Printed for A. Millar, in the Strand
Edition: The Third Edition, Corrected
Date Published: 1752
Place Published: London
Dust Jacket: No
Jacket Condition: n/a
Details: 214 p. 18 cm. A disputably ugly engraved frontisportrait based on the 1737 portrait by Rupert Barber, by Simon Ravenet, said to do a great disservice to Swift who was presumably more handsome in life. Full leather. Edges worn. Spine chipped at head and tail, boards rubbed. Owner's name on title page. Small reference sticker on front paste-down, hinges loose, a touch of yellowing. Front endpaper loose. Some tiny marks, but generally clean and bright.