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Letters from Snowdon
London: J Ridley and W Harris, 1770 Descriptive of a Tour through the Northern Counties of Wales. Containing the antiquities, history, and state of the Country: with the manners and customs of the inhabitants. In modern nice red quarter leather with marbled boards. Spine has raised bands, blind tooling, titles in gilt. Internally, new orange spotted endpapers, [12], 147 pp, text block edges uncut, most edges have some browning, 21 letters, published anonymously by Cradock, another edition was published in 1777. Uncommon. (ESTC T38490) Lowndes 2808. Allibone 2011. Cradock was described as ‘a twin brother’ to Garrick, both in ‘personal likeness’ and ‘mental powers’ (Nichols, ‘Brief memoirs’, lvii). He had a talent for acting, and was known to be a lively, cultured, and volatile person, particularly remembered for his ‘great fund of anecdote’ (ibid., i, lix). His friend George Dyer spoke favourably of his generosity of character, and added that he was strictly temperate, living chiefly on turnips, roasted apples, and coffee, and rarely drinking wine. His peculiarity of constitution required him to undergo a ‘constant cupping’, or bloodletting, sometimes twice a day. Yet when free from pain, he was cheerful and communicative. See ODNB for a full Bio.
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