Dialogues of the Dead. The Third Edition. GEORGE LYTTELTON, LORD.

Dialogues of the Dead. The Third Edition.

Place and Imprint: London: Printed for W. Sandby, 1760.
Edition: Third edition, published shortly after the first and second editions.
Bibliographical References: ESTC T78376; NCBEL II, 556.
Condition: Edges and boards a little rubbed; fine copy.
Book ID: 23012

Physical Description

8vo, contemporary sprinkled calf, red morocco spine label, gilt lettering.


The popular Dialogues of the Dead by Lord George Lyttelton (sometimes spelled Lyttleton) (1709-1773). Like the first and second editions of the same year, 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 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. The eleven items listed in the errata of the second edition have been corrected in this third edition. Ink signature dated 1764 on the front free endpaper, with a later signature beneath it.

Price: $125.00