The Life of the late John Elwes, Esquire; Member in three successive Parliaments for Berkshire. Edward Topham.
The Life of the late John Elwes, Esquire; Member in three successive Parliaments for Berkshire
The Life of the late John Elwes, Esquire; Member in three successive Parliaments for Berkshire
The Life of the late John Elwes, Esquire; Member in three successive Parliaments for Berkshire

The Life of the late John Elwes, Esquire; Member in three successive Parliaments for Berkshire

London: Printed by James Jarvis; for James Ridgway, York Street, St. James' Square, 1791. Ninth edition. Ocatvo (dimensions 21.3 x 13cm), pp. viii, 111, port. front. etched by William Austin, one folding plate "Pedigree of the Ewles Family". Later casing, lacks spine, more recent cream endpapers, text is moderately foxed, large stain at lower margin pp. 14 - 50, decreasing from p. 51 until quite small at the end. Small bookplate of previous owner (Graham Pollard) on front paste down. Item #760

First published in serial form in Topham's daily paper (scandal rag) The World, 1790, this memoir of a miser is said to have lifted circulation by 1000 copies a day. It went through six editions that year alone, reaching the ninth edition in 1791 and the twelfth, "corrected and enlarged, and with a new appendix" in 1805.

Henry Graham Pollard (1903-1976) was an English bookseller and bibliographer. In 1978 Sotheby's auctioned Pollard's library. This title was not listed in the Sotheby's catalogue, perhaps because of its condition.

Price: $200.00

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