WARD, Ned, [pseud.] ~ The Comforts of Matrimony; or, Love’s last Shift: consisting of Matrimonial Dialogues, between Persons of all Ranks and Degrees, from the Peer to the Peasant; Describing the Pains and the Pleasures consequent on Matrimony, and including a Thousand Incidents most interesting and entertaining to every Married Person: comprizing many Pieces well worthy the Notice of the Unmarried of both Sexes. By Ned Ward, Junior. London: Printed for Fielding and Walker... 1780.
12mo (169 × 95 mm), pp. xv, , 9, 216; plus engraved frontispiece; title and frontispiece rather thumbed, the latter reinforced at gutter; recent quarter calf.
First edition. Among the verses we find dialogues between ‘a Prime Minister and his Lady’, ‘a Sea Captain and his Wife, whom he had left at home during a long Voyage’, ‘a Jew and a Jewess’, ‘a Lawyer and his Wife’, ‘a Quaker and his Helpmate’, ‘A Stock-Jobber and his Wife’, ‘an Irish Fortune-Hunter and his Wife’ and ‘an American Planter and his Wife’. Jackson, p. 77.