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[Nares, Edward].  Thinks-I-to-myself: A serio-ludicro, tragico-comico tale. London: Pr. for Sherwood, Neely, & Jones et al. by Law & Gilbert, 1811. 12mo (18 cm, 7.125"). 2 vols. in 1. [4], 227, [5], 215, [1] pp.

Dryly witty satire on the hypocrisies of high society manners and fashions, set partly in Scotland. Within a year of its initial appearance, this anonymously published novel had gone through nine editions; this is the revised and corrected fourth edition, printed in the same year as the first, with each volume having a separate title-page (and both half-titles being present here). The author (1762–1841) was an accomplished and scholarly theologian, historian, and professor responsible for various writings including Memoirs of the Life and Administration of William Cecil, Lord Burghley and An Attempt to Show How Far the Notion of the Plurality of Worlds is Consistent with the Scriptures, as well as his more humorous endeavors, among which were Heraldic Anomalies, by It Matters Not Who and a sequel to the present work, entitled I Says, Says I: A Novel, by Thinks-I-to-myself.
        Provenance: Front pastedown with armorial bookplate of the Furse family (with chevron and crossed halberts) and each title-page with inked inscription of M. Furse, dated 1812; front free endpaper with inked inscription of Cha[rle]s G. Dill (very possibly the Middletown, NY lawyer, 1839–1913, dubbed "a born, inveterate, irreclaimable bibliophile" whose library was the best in Orange County, per Headley's History of Orange County), dated 1885. Later in the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

NSTC N290; 1401. Contemporary half brown roan and marbled paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped title and compartment decorations; rubbed overall, particularly at corners and joints. Occasional small pencilled marks of emphasis in margins.  (40285)   Please RESHELVE This.

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