Death Of Abel, The

240+ Year Old Edition - Very Early Woman Author

Year 1773
Pages 259
Binding Hardcover
Condition Good
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J. Collyer, for Dodsley and Others, London, 1773. Full-Leather. 11th Edition – London. Printed for J.Collyer in Plough Court Fetter Lane. Sold by J. Dodsley in Pall mall, T.Caflon in Stationer's Court and F. Newberry, the corner of Ludgate Street. Very scarce and among earliest of editions with the preface being the “Letter to The Queen.”Overall very good condition considering vintage. Printed on sturdy and bright paper, text body all bound well, spine leather & spine bands are still well attached to the spine, sturdy, but worn & scuffed, spine edges are worn with titles worn away, covers have overall wear, scuffs, leather discoloration, corners & edges bumped rounded and peeling off, front cover separated, rear cover faintly attached, some looseness at the spine in the rear pages, but text body itself is pretty sturdy & well attached. All pages are crisp, bright & well attached until page 242 through to the next to the last page, where the bottom 1" is loose at the spine. Advertisement at rear of book reads: "The Following is part of the description of the Deluge in Book VIII" still connected to the back cover, but both are quite loose. Few random page smudges & a few tiny edge tears. The Title & Frontis pages, and a few pages throughout have the faintest blush of foxing, minor surface soil & wear, but overall quite remarkably bright condition for a book of this age. Black & white engravings include: A Title vignette that shows Cain killing Abel, and a full-page frontis that portrays "Adam & Eve beholding the dead body of Abel & hearing the curses of Cain". Text embellished with a number of charming engraved vignettes. Many pages have in addition to page numbers printed at the top of the pages, a letter & number printed at the bottom of the page (example, "M2"). Brown leather 6 3/4" x 4". Immortal tale of the death of Abel, at the hands of his brother Cain, (sons of Adam & Eve). Classic Swiss literary work by “Mr. Gessner.” Contained in one volume. The first few pages are addressed "To The Queen", and begins, "Madam, Permit me to lay at the foot of Your Throne this volume, which is an attempt to translate from Your Native Language a work deservedly (sic) admired.......". Following, is "The Author's Preface", and also "The Translator's Preface". This was originally issued as a poem entitled: "Der Tod Abels" by Gessner in 1758. Mary Collyer (1716-1763), ran a bookshop with her husband and wrote a number of anonymous works. Her "Felicia to Charlotte" (1749) brought her to the attention of the bluestockings and she then published her popular and influential versions of Solomon Gessner's "The Death of Abel" (1761). She followed up the success of her translation by writing the sequel herself, apologizing for "what may be deemed an unpardonable arrogance in a woman.” 259 pages.