London: Printed For R. Griffiths, and sold by T. Becket, and Co. in the Strand, 1774. Hard Cover. Poor / No Jacket. Item #004996
Marbled boards with leather binding, covered in gray/blue paper. 596 pp, plus 8 pages of index. 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 advantages of a settlement on the Ohio; a poem titled The Dying Negro which takes an enslaved person as its subject and is abolitionist in tone (a extract of the poem is printed), an apology for General Braddock's conduct in America, a brief look at the Cherokee Indians, an account of Captain Cook's voyages in the Southern Hemisphere (from Hawkesworth's Accounts) and many items on religious, scientific, literary and philosophical subjects. EX-LIBRARY, from the Peabody Institute. In POOR 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. Front and rear covers DETACHED from the binding, as well as the first pages up to and including the title page.
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