London: Printed For R. Griffiths, and sold by T. Becket and P.A. DeHondt, in the Strand. 1768. Hard Cover. Good / No Jacket. Item #003940
Marbled boards with leather binding, covered in gray/blue paper. 583 pp, plus 9 pages of index. July through December 1768, plus a lengthy appendix. Most likely from the collection of George Peabody, as this was purchased in a lot of others, some of which bear his signature. Containing the Peabody Institute bookplate on the inside front cover, which also states, Presented by George Peabody. George Peabody (1795-1869) is considered one of the first modern philanthropists, establishing trusts to help the poor, as well as founding the Peabody Institute. He gained much of his fortune from banking, eventually partnering with Junius Spencer Morgan, father of J.P. Morgan. Edited and published by Ralph Griffiths, the Monthly Review published works of criticism on many authors and books, providing bibliographic and historical information on many topics. Of note in this volume are several articles and extracts on topics such as British colonies in North America and taxation in regard to them; notable British architects; bees and methods of taming and managing them; cancers; accounts of Saxon, Roman and English coins; discussion of some of Boswell's travels; experiments on the external application of antiseptics; a one paragraph mention of Benjamin Franklyn (of Philadelphia) and his observations on the dry-belly ache; gasterotomy; brief discussions of Jamaica and Barbados; Samuel Johnson and the evil tendencies charged in his writings; Rousseau, Voltaire; and many items on religious, scientific, literary and philosophical subjects. EX-LIBRARY, from the Peabody Institute. In GOOD condition with the boards covered by dull blue paper glued to the inside cover. This paper bears library shelving info on the spine. The paper bears some soiling, fading and scuffing. Aforementioned bookplate present. Library ownership stamp and call numbers on the title pages. Small circular library stamp on one page in the text. Minor scattered foxing and soiling, a bit heavier to the title page. Interior hinges reinforced with library binding tape. Minor toning to the pages.
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