London: Printed for W. Strahan, and T. Cadell, 1782. [Essays] FINELY BOUND, the fourth edition. Three volumes. Octavo (18 x 11cm), pp. viii; 271 ; pp. viii; 319 ; pp. viii; 320 . Mid-twentieth century calf rebacked spines, with the original tree calf boards. Small black ink ownership to second blank of each volume. Browning to margins of titles pages and final leaves. Corners rebuilt. Very good. Continuing in the tradition of 'The Spectator' (1711–14), 'The Mirror' was published by the Mirror Club, which evolved from a group of Scottish literati originally known as the Feast of Tabernacles debating society. Nearly half the issues were written by Henry MacKenzie: novelist, lawyer, and de facto successor to David Hume in the literary society of Edinburgh. The articles cover the whole gambit of life, from philosophy to dreams, duelling and Shakespeare. Item #55408
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