Supplement to the Anecdotes of some Distinguished Persons, chiefly of the present and two preceding centuries.

  • [Seward, William]
  • London: Printed for T. Cadell 1797
  • ESTC T88353.


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FIRST EDITION, 8vo, pp. vi, 304, [8]. Contemporary half textured green roan, marbled boards, spine divided by gilt rules, lettered in gilt. A touch of spotting. Binding rubbed and worn to extremities, a couple of tiny holes to spine.


The separately-published supplement to the four volumes of anecdotes anonymously compiled by William Seward (1747-1799) and initially published in 1795 and 1796. Satirist Thomas James Mathias (1754-1835), in his poem 'The Pursuits of Literature', wrote 'I could, like Seward, if for scraps you call, Turn publick bagman, trained in Walpole's stall', though he insists in the footnotes that Seward is his favourite anecdote compiler after Walpole.

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