London: L. Davis and C. Reymers, 1765. Second edition. Leather bound. 168pp. Octavo [21 cm] Brown leather with a black leather spine label on the spine. Rebacked with the majority of the original spine overlaid. Marbled endsheets, with modern reinforcements to hinges. Rubbing and moderate wear to leather, dampstain to each board at center, some gilt effaced, corners lightly exposed; small abrasion to front pastedown, foxing throughout; author's name added in ink to title page in a contemporary hand. Item #52344
Anglican priest John Brown was an essayist and playwright with Utilitarian leanings. John Stuart Mill was impressed with his Essays on the Characteristics of Lord Shaftesbury, saying "we never saw an abler defense of the doctrine of utility"