Place and Imprint: London: Printed for J. Dodsley, 1780.
Edition: First separate English edition and the first English edition of this translation.
Bibliographical References: ESTC T142635, records ten locations (BL, Oxford, University College, William and Mary, Houghton, McMaster, LC, HEH, Chicago and Kansas).
Condition: Fine copy.
Book ID: 28228
Physical Description8vo, modern brown quarter calf period style, marbled paper boards, black morocco spine label, gilt lettering. Half-title present.
CommentsPhilosophical treatises on friendship and old age by the Marchioness de Lambert (1647-1733), who wrote several similar brief essays, modeled on Montaigne and usually dedicated to her children. She intended her essays to be read in manuscript only by members of her famous salon, and she vehemently protested the few unauthorized printed editions that appeared late in her lifetime. Her two essays here pointedly reflect on women, their friendships and unique hardships in old age. The 28-page introduction about Lambert is by the translator of the essays -"A Lady" - and is signed "E. H." It's followed by a clever poem addressed to William Melmoth, who excluded the Marchioness from a list of prominent writers on old age. The final stanza of the poem evokes bluestocking Elizabeth Montagu.