Place and Imprint: [Twickenham] Strawberry Hill: Printed by William Robinson and Sold by Dodsley for the Benefit of Mr. Hill, 1758.
Edition: First edition, one of 700 copies printed.
Bibliographical References: ESTC T43634; Hazen, Strawberry Hill, 6; NCBEL II, 1749 (Spence); Rothschild 1942.
Condition: Edges a little worn; some light foxing; untrimmed edges creased a bit; very good copy.
Book ID: 28649
Physical Description8vo, 19th century smooth dark brown calf, marbled paper endpapers, gilt decorated and lettered spine, untrimmed. Original blue paper wrappers bound in. Vignette title-page.
CommentsA delightful Strawberry Hill publication, written by the anecdotist, friend of Pope and professor of poetry at Oxford, Joseph Spence (1699-1768). With the assistance of Horace Walpole, Robert Dodsley and others, Spence wrote this profile of scholar, tailor and religious writer Robert Hill (1699-1777), in which Hill is compared favorably to the famous Florentine Antonio Magliabechi. Hill was well known in learned circles, but often destitute, and A Parallel was published to raise funds for his benefit. On the front wrapper, bound in before the title-page, are several early notes about the book, and on the title-page is an annotation about the bookmark "HS," which is noted to be of Harvey Spragg, Rector of Pulborough. Later ink inscription, probably at the time of the binding, on the verso of the front free endpaper.