Publisher: London: Printed for B. and J. White, 1796.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: ESTC T138168; NCBEL II, 1561.
Condition: Very good copy.
Book ID: 27987
DescriptionSmall 8vo, contemporary black half calf, red paper boards, gilt decorations in five compartments on the spine, gilt lettering. Without the half-title.
CommentsThree clever dialogues by William Gilpin (1724-1804), the educator and writer on the picturesque, purporting to be conversations between one Dr. Joseph Frampton and the famous theologian and scholar Edward Stillingfleet (1635-1699), as copied from a manuscript found in Frampton's library when it was sold at auction in 1730. The subjects discussed between Stillingfleet and Frampton include matters that are proper for clergymen to partake in outside their pastoral duties, such as shooting, playing cards, attending theater, gardening, riding horses, etc. Gilpin's first published book in 1748 was a dialogue on gardens. 20th century bookplate of Charles Benson on the front paste-down.