Solitude, To which are added, the life of the author; notes historical and explanatory; a copious index; and seven beautiful engravings by Ridley.

  • Zimmerman, J.G.
  • London: Printed for Vernon and Hood, [et al.] 1798
  • ESTC T144976.


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12mo, pp. lii, 309, [23] + engraved frontispiece, additional engraved title-page, and 5 plates. Illustrated with 8 wood engraved vignettes throughout text. Contemporary mottled calf, spine divided by double gilt rules between gilt rolls, black morocco label, floral gilt tool to other compartments, boards bordered with gilt rolls, marbled endpapers, edges sprinkled blue. Somewhat foxed, particularly to frontispiece and title-page. A touch rubbed, spine leather cracking and a little worn, some loss to label. Pencil ownership inscription to front flyleaves, some blue pencil underlining and markings.


An early English edition of the hugely popular work by Swiss physician and philosopher Johann Georg Zimmerman (1728-1795). The introduction anticipates any 'melancholy ideas' associated with solitude, and assures the reader that 'It is under the peaceful shades of Solitude that the mind regenerates and acquires fresh force; it is there alone that the happy can enjoy the fulness of felicity, or the miserable forget their woe; [...] it is there that creative Genius frees itself from the thraldom of society, and surrenders itself to the impetuous rays of an ardent imagination.'

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