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Elia; [together with:] The Last Essays of Elia.
London: Taylor and Hessey; Edward Moxon, , 1823–33.. Essays which have appeared under that signature in the London Magazine; A sequel to essays published under that name. 2 volumes, octavo (173 x 111 mm). Late 19th-century tan calf by Riviere & Son, spines gilt to compartments with red and brown labels, French fillets to covers, gilt turn-ins, purple endpapers, gilt edges. Ownership stamp of Helen Ladd Corbett to front free endpapers. Very slight marking to spines and covers, Elia with 2 scratches to front cover and slight loss to gilt of fore edge, occasional very slight blemishes to contents. Lacking advertisements. Overall an excellent set. First editions, first impressions, first issue of Elia, with the title page stating a single publisher, as called for. The first issue was published without a half-title; this copy has a supplied half-title, bound in from the second issue. Charles Lamb's pseudonymous essays are largely autobiographical, dealing with mankind at large through the medium of Lamb's own experiences and impressions. They remained widely popular for decades, establishing him both at the time and since as one of the leading essayists of the 19th-century.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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