Dialogues of the Dead

Dialogues of the Dead

[Lyttelton, George; Elizabeth Montagu]

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Place Published: London
Publisher: Printed for W. Sandby
Date Published: 1760
Edition: Third edition
Binding: Leather bound
Condition: Fair
Book Id: 46440


320pp. Octavo [20 cm] in contemporary brown calf with gilt ruling, raised spine bands, and brown morocco spine label. Leather chipped along extremities, hinges cracked, large yet unobtrusive dampstain to front board, fingerprints to front board; textblock edges 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."