Publisher: London: Printed for W. Sandby, 1760.
Edition: Second edition, published shortly after the first.
Bibliographical References: ESTC T79409; NCBEL II, 556.
Condition: Hinges repaired; edges slightly rubbed; fine copy in a handsome binding.
Book ID: 21752
Description8vo, 18th century tree-calf, red morocco spine label, gilt decorations and lettering. Errata following page 320.
CommentsThe popular Dialogues of the Dead by Lord George Lyttelton (sometimes spelled Lyttleton) (1709-1773). Like the first edition, this edition contains 28 dialogues, 25 by Lyttelton and three by his friend Elizabeth Montagu. Lyttelton's interlocutors include Addison and Swift, Plato and Fenelon, Cortez and William Penn, Boileau and Pope, Locke and Bayle, and Lucian and Rabelais. In number 28, Elizabeth Montague has Plutarch, Charon and a contemporary London bookseller discussing reading tastes of the day. Lyttelton was a respected and well-connected politician and man of letters. His Dialogues, which went through a number of editions, were the quintessential Augustan imaginary conversations; they were widely imitated, and almost no work with the title Dialogue(s) of the Dead was published in England in the decades following Lyttelton's without acknowledging him as a model and inspiration. See the ODNB.