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
Description8vo, contemporary sprinkled calf, recent brown morocco spine label period style, gilt rules and lettering.
CommentsA 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.