Maxims, Characters, and Reflections, Critical, Satyrical and Moral. FULKE AND FRANCES GREVILLE.

Maxims, Characters, and Reflections, Critical, Satyrical and Moral.

Publisher: London: Printed for J. and T. Tonson, 1756.
Edition: First edition.
Condition: Edges a little rubbed; upper hinge just starting, but sound; fine copy.
Book ID: 27824


8vo, contemporary sprinkled calf, recent brown morocco spine label period style, gilt rules and lettering.


A clever collection of maxims, interwoven with short character sketches (Camilla, Melissa, Praxiteles, Flora, etc.) and reflections, written in a semi-stream-of-consciousness style. Fulke Greville (1717-1806), a handsome dandy and "accomplished and tonish young man in society" (DNB) wrote this in collaboration with his wife, the poet Frances Macartney (1727-1789). The Flora character is also said to be inspired by her. Maxims went through several editions. See the DNB for both, and for Frances, see Roger Lonsdale's Eighteenth-Century Women Poets, pages 190-194, which includes two of her popular poems. Bookplate of Mathew Lamb on the front paste-down and Earl Cooper, Panshanger, on the front free endpaper.

Price: $500.00

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