The English Theophrastus: Or, The Manners Of The Age. Being The Modern Characters Of The Court, The Town, And The City.
Printed for W. Turner, at Lincolns-Inn Back Gate, R. Basset in Fleetstreet; and J. Chantry, without Temple Bar.
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 5 x 7.75 inches. [xiv] + 144 + 161-383 pp + pp. advertisements. Page nos. 145-160 omitted, but text and register are continuous. Recently rebound in leather, ; spine in compartments with raised bands, with contrasting hand written title labels. Small section removed from head of title, foxing and browning throughout, but otherwise a good copy. A few early underlinings, margin comments and figures on recto of last free endpaper. Illustrated by engraved frontispiece. An anthology of observations, reflections and maxims on morals and conduct derived from many sources. The alphabetical index at the front from Admiration to Worth provides a detailed guide to the contents. This is known to be the work of Abel Boyer (1667?-1729), a Huguenot immigrant to England in 1689. In his role as tutor in Latin and French to the nobility and court, he ultimately failed to achieve advancement because of his Whig principles. He turned to literary matters, becoming a prolific author and achieving success with his French and English dictionary, but also published plays, a histories of the reigns of William III and Queen Anne and periodical titles, which included reports of parliamentary debates before these were suppressed. ESTC T85900.
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