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[KNOWLES, Mary]
[Ghost Story]. A Brief Account of the Vision and Death of the Late Lord Lyttleton [i.e. Lyttelton]: To Which is Added an Anecdote of Lord Kaimes [i.e. Lord Kames] and the Melancholy End of a profligate Young Man
Stanford [New York]: Printed and Sold by Daniel Lawrence, 1804. First Edition. Good. 16mo. 12 pp. Extracted from a binding, later wrappers (at one time the wrappers had been affixed to the pamphlet). Foxing and age toning as is true with almost all American imprints of this date. Preserved in a mylar sleeve. Pencilled inscription on p. [3]: "Mark A. Carnevale 7/10/52." ADDED: Stipple engraved portrait of Mary Knowles (London: Vernor & Hood, 1803). Matted (plate size: 21 x 14 cm). Rare and little known ghost-story written by an intimate of Samual Johnson, Hester Thrales, and Boswell, being an account of the apparition of a lady in white who appeared before the "Wicked" Lord Thomas Lyttelton and foretold his death. The connection between these notable Georgian personages suggests an interesting historical constellation. No copy in the Hyde Collection (or indeed in any collection at Harvard). Mary (Morris) Knowles (1733-1807) was an artist, activist, poet, abolitionist, champion of women's rights, and a brilliant conversationalist. Her bold views on converting from Anglicism to Quakerism brought her into direct conflict with Johnson (their "Dialogue" was published in 1791), and public dispute with Boswell. While Knowles was celebrated for her extraordinary needlework, "She is now regarded as an important early protagonist of the feminist viewpoint in English cultural life. Her support for the abolition of slavery, her investigation into mystical science and her knowledge of garden design, in addition to her accomplishment as a needlewoman, suggest the breadth of her interes … [Click Below for Full Description]
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