The Death Of Abel In Five Books : Attempted From The German Of Mr. Gessner

Full Leather Binding - 1770 Edition

Year 1770
Edition EIGHT
Pages 179
Binding Leather
Condition Very Good
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Published in London by the Booksellers (Mary Collyer), 1770. Eighth Edition Remarkably good, tightly bound condition, bound in full brown leather binding with five spine ribs and even some gilt still evident near bands. Illustrated frontispiece, very nice dated (1777) former owner name to the front pastedown. Measures approximately 6 x 4 inches. Cover has some light rubbing wear, else binding is in good solid condition, joints in good order with no cracking, internally browning to endpapers, some edge browning to last few pages, a couple of small edge tears with no loss, a few creased corners else contents are in truly remarkable condition for a book of this vintage. Translated from the original German. originally issued as a poem entitled: "Der Tod Abels" by Gessner in 1758. Mary Collyer ran a bookshop with her husband and wrote a number of anonymous works that have usually been attributed to him. 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). Collyer notes in the preface that the original was "a kind of loose poetry, unshackled by the tagging of rhymes, or counting of syllables . of a middle species between verse and prose." 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." 168 + 11 pages.