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Remarks Critical and Illustrative on the - RITSON, JOSEPH - 1783. 
London: Printed for J. Johnson, 1783 [&] 1788, 1783. First editions. Bronson, Joseph Ritson, Scholar at Arms, 7 & 13. Edges a little rubbed; slight staining (as if from leather preservative) on the upper hinge; very good copy.. 2 vols in 1, 8vo, late 19th century smooth brown calf, gilt rules, decorations and lettering, t.e.g., others untrimmed. A continuation of Ritson's acerbic criticism of the highly acclaimed literati of the day, which began the preceding year with his scathing critique of Thomas Warton's History of English Poetry. In Remarks Critical and Illustrative, Ritson takes on Samuel Johnson, George Steevens and Edmund Malone for their work on the edition of Shakespeare published in 1778, with Malone's Supplement in 1780. Ritson's secret motive was his desire to edit his own edition of Shakespeare, and it is even advertised at the conclusion of Remarks. Bound with this copy is Ritson's further defense of his Remarks in The Quip Modest, which is usually found with three cancels that eliminated more nastiness towards Steevens. This copy has one of the original cancellands plus F1, a final leaf added later and often wanting.
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