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London: T. Cadell, 1793. In Three Volumes, complete. Third English edition, the first was 1785, there was a Dublin edition in 1786, a German in 1786 and French in 1788 (NCBEL v.2, 658). Nineteenth century blue half-calf, red leather labels, gilt, and paper boards, all edges stained yellow, illustrated, pp. xxi, 259; vi, 296; iv, 256. With five engraved plates inserted, each hand colored. With "Corrections and Editions"; with the original "introduction" explaining his sympathy for unmarried older women and intention to help bring society around to honoring and appreciating them. The preface responds to multiple criticisms from old maids and the general population, with assurances that his intent was good and altering some of the more controversial passages. Hayley (1745-1820) was a poet, essayist, and biographer. He was friends with William Cowper, William Blake, and Robert Southey, who said "Everything about that man is good except his poetry" (quoted by Nigel D.F. Pearce in DNB). Some rubbing to the leather edges, but a Very Good copy, distinguished by five lovely hand-colored engravings.
Title: A Philosophical, Historical, and Moral Essay on Old Maids. By A Friend of the Sisterhood.
Seller ID: hayley,william.315london:t.cadell,1793.inthreevo