Place and Imprint: London: Printed in the Year 1702.
Edition: Second edition, published the same year as the first.
Bibliographical References: ESTC N142; NCBEL II, 1045.
Condition: Somewhat foxed; spine splitting; a good, sound copy.
Book ID: 21784
Physical Description8vo, contemporary English panelled calf rebacked with the original spine laid on, brown morocco spine label, gilt lettering.
CommentsAn amusing collection of imaginary letters, several written like dialogues to guests at Will's Coffee House in Covent Garden. Among the authors included are Paul Scarron, John Dryden, Cardinal Mazarine, Pindar, Juvenal, Rabelais, and Abraham Cowley. The great Grub Street author Thomas Brown (1663-1704) wrote only some of these (several are French in origin), but he was responsible for the compiling, translating, editing and the preface, in which he compares the famous Dialogues of the Dead of Fontenelle and Lucian and outlines what he describes as a superior format: letters from the dead to the living. Elizabeth Rowe (1674-1737) followed Brown's model with her Friendship in Death: Letters from the Dead to the Living (1728), which was reprinted numerous times in the 18th century.