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Reflections on Death
London - C Cooke 1796 - The reflections on death by priest William Dodd,before his public hanging. In a lovely original Regency BindingDirect from the Regency library of Elizabeth Greenly, later Lady Elizabeth Coffin Greenly. Elizabeth Greenly, born at Titley Court, Herefordshire, was a noted and varied collector. She kept prolific diaries from 1784 until her death in 1839 which included her responses to current events and occasions in her daily life. Among the diaries many names and anecdotes of celebrities of the time appear, including Lord Byron, Marie Antoinette, Mary Wollstonecraft and Hannah More. She was known to comment on customs of foreign countries to which she and her friends had travelled, and had a keen interest in scientific discoveries and advancements including medicine and archaeology. The Greenly library contents show Elizabeth Greenly's numerous interests including: Welsh causes, Science, topography, travel, Bibliana and literature, particularly female poets. The library contains many first editions of contemporary works, and many are signed or contain her bookplate. The library contained over 1000 volumes which show the diversity and depth of her interests and give an insight into the life of this fascinating collector. With two engraved plates and an engraved title page. Originally written with the intention to be distributed at funerals, Dodd discusses several different attitudes towards death and how it is not to be feared. He writes about his own experiences with the death of others during his time as a priest. Dodd lived extravagantly and dabbled in forgery as an attempt to clear his debts. However he was caught and convicted. Despite a very public campaign for a Royal pardon he was hanged. Condition: In a tree calf binding with gilt stamped spine. Externally, very smart. Slight rubbing to joints and extremities. Small crack to top of rear joint. Prior owner's ink signature to front pastedown, W Greenly. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are generally bright and clean. Overall: NEAR FINE. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Rooke Books PBFA]
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