The Miseries Of Human Life; Or The Groans Of Samuel Sensitive And Timothy Testy.




Printed for William Miller, Albemarle-Street, by W. Bulmer and Co. Cleveland-Row.






With a few supplementary sighs from mrs. testy. in twelve dialogues. the fourth edition.

Item Description

8vo. 8vo. 4.5 x 6.75 pp. viii + 331 pp. + [4] pp. publisher's advertisements. Bound in original sugar paper, spine rebacked in similar paper with printed paper label. Deckled edges. Extremities a little worn and some offsetting of frontispiece on title page; otherwise a very good copy. Bookseller's catalogue extract fixed to front pastedown. Inscription of Mrs St George Molesworth, Sion-Row Twickenham at head of title Illustrated by hand coloured etched folding frontispiece, by W. H. Pyne.. Written in the form of twelve dialogues, between Sensitive and Testy, with occasional interventions from Mrs Testy, this was a best-selling satire on the annoyances, vexations, minor humiliations and tiny discomforts of everyday life. It was the best known work of James Beresford (1764-1840), author and clergyman, educated at Charterhouse and Oxford, who was Rector of Kibworth from 1812. This fourth edition in 1806, the year of first publication, was supplemented later in the same year by a second volume of additional dialogues. Numerous later editions, including several US, followed. The frontispiece is by William Pyne (1769-1843) artist and illustrator, author of The Costume of Great Britain, Microcosm and other illustrated studies of everyday life and industry. This copy was owned by Mrs Lydia Henrietta Molesworth of 11 Sion Row, Twickenham, widow of the Rev. St George Molesworth since 1796, who died 1813-14 aged 78. (Robert Shepherd, Captain Gray's Houses: A History of Sion Row Twickenham, 2019).

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