Miscellanies in Prose and Verse; including Remarks on English Plays,…

Miscellanies in Prose and Verse; including Remarks on English Plays, Operas, and Farces, And on a Variety of other Modern Publications. By the Honourable Lord Gardenstone. The second Edition, corrected and enlarged. by GARDEN, Francis, Lord Gardenstone.

~ Miscellanies in Prose and Verse; including Remarks on English Plays, Operas, and Farces, And on a Variety of other Modern Publications. By the Honourable Lord Gardenstone. The second Edition, corrected and enlarged. Edinburgh: Printed by J. Robertson, South Bridge-Street. 1792.

8vo (175 × 95 mm), pp. 335, [1]; neat inscription to title ‘Alexander Knox’s book bought at Edinburgh June 14th 1797’; contemporary tree calf, spine ruled in gilt, red morocco label. An excellent copy.

Second edition, ‘corrected and enlarged’ from the rare privately printed edition of the previous year. The text has a remarkable and eccentric source, being printed from copious marginal notes made by Lord Gardenstone in volumes kept at the residents’ library he provided for the model village he founded at Laurencekirk, Kincairdshire. There are notes on plays, operas, farces as well as on publications such as Boswell’s recent Life and Young’s Night Thoughts. An interesting two-and-a-half page letter concerning the development of the penal colony of Botany Bay found in this edition did not appear in the first edition of 1791.

‘Gardenstone never married. He was a man of many peculiarities, one of which was an extreme fondness for pigs’ (Oxford DNB). Ferguson, Bibliography of Australia, 136 (this edition only); Jackson, p. 176.

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