Publisher: Dublin: Printed by William Porter for P. Byrne, 1796.
Edition: First Dublin edition.
Bibliographical References: ESTC T213195, which records five copies: in four Irish libraries and one (North Carolina) in the US.
Condition: Edges a little worn; slight water-stain in the gutter of the final few leaves of volume 2; very good copy.
Book ID: 22519
Description2 vols, 8vo, contemporary sprinkled calf, red morocco labels, gilt rules and lettering.
Comments¶ The celebrated anecdotes compiled by William Seward (1747-99), which had originally appeared as articles under the title “Reminiscentia” in the Whitehall Evening Post and “Drossiana” in Cadell’s European Magazine. “In an effort to dispel his habitual ennui, Seward began collecting anecdotes of celebrated personalities in a commonplace book. He contributed many of these, along with literary discoveries and other articles, to periodicals. These were deservedly popular, and Seward's . . . efforts as an anecdotist earned him the posthumous epithet of the ‘publick bagman for scraps’, from Thomas Mathias, in the Pursuits of Literature” - DNB online.