A MEMOIR OF THE REVEREND SYDNEY SMITH. By his daughter, Lady Holland. With a selection from his letters, edited by Mrs. Austin. In two volumes
Edition: First US Edition
New York: Harper, 1855. Two volumes, octavo, original brown cloth, yellow endpapers. pp , (2), (xii), (13)- 378, , including a list of his articles in the Edinburgh Review and an index; , xviii, (19)-511, . Moderate wear to spine ends of volume I, which also has the front free endpaper removed; 1920 ink owner names at front; small strip clipped from top of title leaf of volume two; mild foxing; else a VG clean, tight and unworn pair. Published in the same year as the UK edition. Sydney Smith, an Anglican cleric who promoted progressive causes - the education of women, the abolition of slavery and the teaching of practical subjects rather than the classics - was also known as a great wit and humourist. One of his most famous lines was that his friend Henry Luttrell's idea of heaven was "eating pâté de foie gras to the sound of trumpets". Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra postage may be required.