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Connop Thirlwall
Primitiae Or, Essays and Poems on Various Subjects, Religious, Moral and Entertaining
London, T Plummer, 1809. First edition. Leather. London: T Plummer, 1809. First edition. Leather. Very Good Indeed. 6.5" by 4". None. A scarce first edition of this collection of works by the child prodigy, Connop Thirlwall. Connop Thirlwall (11 January 1797 - 27 July 1875) was an English bishop (in Wales) and historian. Thirlwall was born at Stepney, London, of a Northumbrian family. He was precocious, learning Latin at three, Greek at four, and writing sermons at seven. He went to Charterhouse School, where George Grote and Julius Hare were among his schoolfellows. He attended Trinity College, Cambridge, in October 1814. His first essay, "On the Uncertainty of Life" opens this book and was composed when Thirlwall was just seven years old. His father, Thomas, arranged the publication of "Primitiae". In later years, when he was a bishop, Connop Thirlwall felt embarrassed at his earlier precocity and expressed his desire to buy up and burn all remaining copies of this work. This may be the reason for its scarcity. With engraving of the author as a child to frontispiece. Bookplate of Dr G. Hawtin to front pastedown. Expertly rebacked in calf with original backstrip preserved. Externally, very smart with some shelfwear only. Internally, firmly bound. Generally clean after first few pages. Tape marks to rear endpapers and closed tear to rear free endpaper. Very Good Indeed . Ill.: None. Very Good Indeed .
Bookseller: Rooke Books [United Kingdom]

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