Essays, Moral and Literary. In Three Volumes. The Fifteenth Edition.

  • Knox, Vicesimus
  • London: Printed for J. Mawman [et al] 1803


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3 vols., 12mo, pp. [xii], 314; [viii], 316; [iv], 320. Contemporary quarter speckled calf, marbled boards, vellum corners, spines divided by gilt rolls, green and black morocco labels, other compartments tooled centrally in gilt. Some foxing and spotting. Rather rubbed and somewhat worn, particularly to spines, labels a little chipped. Kirkleatham crest stencilled to pastedowns.


The essays of schoolmaster Vicesimus Knox (1752-1821) were first published in 1778 on the recommendation of Samuel Johnson and were much reprinted and augmented in the years following, so that the original 38 essays had become 177 by the time of this 15th edition. 'In these later editions Knox addressed an increasingly diverse range of subjects, among them gardening, household management, the work of Bede, the usefulness of capital letters in correspondence, and the unacceptability of masculine dress for women.' (ODNB)

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