London: David Bogue, Fleet Street, 1854. 1st Edition (NCBEL III, 1387). INSCRIBED by the author [as "the author"] on the ffep. vi, , 276 pp. 24 page January 1854 publisher catalogue [6-7/8" x 4-1/4"] tipped-in at rear. Cut adorns top of p. 1 of the publisher catalogue. 8vo. 7-3/4" x 5-1/8". Original publisher's green cloth binding with gilt stamped lettering to spine & boards stamped in blind. Pale yellow eps. Square & tight. Spine, and extremities, sunned to a mellow golden tan. Sporadic foxing. A solid VG copy. Item #46977
Hannay was a respected Scottish novelist, journalist and diplomat, whose literary career was influenced by Thackeray & Carlyle, eventually becoming editor of the Edinburgh Evening Courant in 1860.
This volume collects his lectures delivered at the Literary Institution, Edward Street, Portman Square, in 1853, which explores literary satire as written by Horace & Juvenal [Lecture 1] to Swift, Pope & Churchill [Lecture IV] to Byron, Moore, Etc. [Lecture VI].
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