Dialogues of the Dead
Place Published: London
Publisher: Printed for W. Sandby
Date Published: 1760
Edition: Third edition
Binding: Leather bound
Book Id: 46440
320pp. Octavo [20 cm] in contemporary brown crushed morocco with gilt borders, raised spine bands, once-red morocco spine label. Leather chipped along extremities, hinges cracked, large yet unobtrusive dampstain to front board; textblock edges still faintly speckled with red; front endpapers badly dampstained, wavy dampstain throughout textblock, else interior is unmarked.
This work, exceedingly popular in its day, was co-authored by patron of the arts Baron Lyttelton and prominent Bluestocking Elizabeth Montagu, and printed by the novelist Samuel Richardson. A teasing reference is made to Richardson in the book's final dialogue, between the shade of Plutarch and a recently deceased bookseller: [After a mention of the author of Clarissa:] "Bookseller: Aye, Master Plutarch . . . this author has printed for me. Plutarch: By what you say, it is pity he should print any works but his own."