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Friendship in death: In twenty letters from the dead to the living. To which are added, letters moral and entertaining, in prose and verse.

Rowe, Elizabeth Singer.

Published by Toplis & Bunney, and J. Mozley, London, 1780
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Elizabeth Rowe (1674?1737), was a poet, essayist, and novelist who famously went into rural seclusion following the premature death of her beloved husband; she was perhaps best known for her pious prose works including the hugely popular Devout Exercises of the Heart. The present work of fiction offers epistolary words of advice and confessional tales written by the dearly departed to their friends, relatives, and love interests ? followed by Rowe's translation of Nicole's "Thoughts on Death" and then by more lively letters which, dubbed "moral and entertaining," display a keen interest in intrigues and romances ending mostly with either happy marriages of pious young virgins or else mournful deaths of repentant sinners (or, on occasion, righteously tragic deaths of pious young virgins). This is a later edition, following the first of 1728, with this particular printing being uncommon: ESTC locates only four institutional holdings (two in the U.K. and two in the U.S.), while COPAC does not find any additional U.K locations. WorldCat adds two more U.S. locations, for a total of only four. Binding: Contemporary treed sheep, spine gilt extra with gilt-stamped red leather title-label, board edges with gilt roll; tooling very attractive along lines that "feel" just a touch "provincial." Provenance: Front free endpaper with inked inscription: "Mrs. Hinckley 1809." 12mo (17.3 cm, 6.8"). xxv, [1], 278 pp. ESTC N3296; this edition not in NCBEL, but see II:565 for earlier editions and translations into French and German. Binding with edges rubbed, spine leather showing small cracks, joints carefully repaired with tissue, caps rebuilt, corners reinforced, leather consolidated. Occasional minor staining; inscription as above. => A very readable copy in an attractive period binding. Bookseller Inventory # 28806

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Title: Friendship in death: In twenty letters from ...

Publisher: Toplis & Bunney, and J. Mozley, London

Publication Date: 1780

Binding: Hardcover

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