292pp. poor/fair used condition; cvrs. separated, loose (incld.) pages, No Dust Jacket. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Elia; Essays Which Have Appeared Under that ...
Publisher: Carey, Lea & Carey
Publication Date: 1828
Book Description Edward Moxon, Dover Street, London, UK, 1836. Hard Cover. Condition: Fair. Pages: 340; Weight: 1lb 0.2oz; Size: 8.3" x 5.5" x 1". Cover has considerable edgewear, bumped, chipped and rubbed spine, spine is detached from textblock, both cover and textblock are tight and intact, 2 names on front endpaper, moderate freckling of endpapers, a few faint margin marks in pencil inside, otherwise clean, unmarked, tight. Seller Inventory # 09998
Book Description Carey, Lea, and Carey, Philadelphia, 1828. Condition: Very Good. First American Editions and the true first complete edition of the second series of essays (the second series wasn't published in England until 1833 as The Last Essays of Elia). Two volumes. 12mos. Linen and original printed glazed papercovered boards with applied paper spine labels. Each volume bears on the front pastedown the bookplate of James Fenimore Cooper, Jr., grandson of the American author. Laid in are an old bookseller's description, and a letter dated in 1916, to Mrs. James Fenimore Cooper, Jr., sending the books along, and discussing some of the bibliographical niceties. Front joint professionally and neatly repaired, and the spine label partly perished on First Series, small stains to the boards, chip to the unprinted front fly in Second Series, still a nice set, in the uncommon original boards, in better condition than one might reasonably expect of these famous, autobiographical essays, and with an interesting association. In 1820 Lamb invented the pseudonym for his first essay, about the work place of his brother, by taking the name of a clerk no longer employed there. The pseudonym stuck, however, and it allowed Lamb to develop a persona with which he examined a variety of subjects with celebrated humor and style. Probably Lamb's best work, though he is also remembered for his children's versions of Shakespeare and Homer which he wrote with his sister Mary (who became his charge after she had a bout of insanity in 1796 and killed their mother). Seller Inventory # 94790