The Fool of Quality, or, the History of Henry Earl of Moreland
Originally a novel comprised of 4 volumes. However, an advertisement is placed at the end of vol. 4 promoting a forthcoming fifth book not included in this set. Irish author, Henry Brooke (1703-1783) was a well respected author and poet in his day; Alexander Pope had commented upon his works. However, today, he has largely been forgotten. The novel follows its protagonist who, resisting the aristocratic privilege of his family, examines ideas of the Enlightenment, Roseau, John Locke, and Methodism. The novel's plot is fairly loose, being mostly a philosophical allegory. John Wesley would later abridge the novel into a 2-volume version.
Publisher: W. Johnston, in Ludgate Street
Date Published: 1767
Place Published: London
Condition: Very good
Dust Jacket: No
Jacket Condition: n/a
Details: 4 vols. (missing vol. 5). xxxviii, 39-300, 1-298, 1-296, 1-306p. 17.5 cm full leather with raised bands and gilt on spines. Ex-library with small labels affixed to front pastedown of endpapers as well as the bookplates of John Thomson with a coat of arms and the phrase "Fear Not Friendship." Leather shows wear from time with bumps to board corners and small tears to edges, mostly to the extremes of the spine. raised bands somewhat worn down but not torn. Binding strong. Some spotting to pages and browning to endpapers. Sold "as-is."