ESSAYS, AND SKETCHES OF LIFE AND CHARACTER. By a gentleman who has left his lodgings
Edition: First Edition
London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1820. Octavo, 21 cm, pages untrimmed in original publisher's boards with paper spine label. pp , (vi), 248 + 12-pp April, 1820, publisher's catalogue at front. Preface by Joseph Skillett. Shallow chips to spine ends; spine label darkened and chipped with some loss of lettering; professional clear rice paper repairs to spine and inner margins of boards, not very noticeable; spine has a partial vertical crack; bit of foxing to rear endpapers and last leaf and to catalogue; page edges darkened; in all, VG externally, internally mostly fine, tight in the binding. The second published work, and the first work of fiction, by Lord Russell, the future prime minister (1846-52, 1865-66) and Bertrand Russell's grandfather. This book was preceded the year before by a biography of his ancestor, the 1st Duke of Bedford. A series of social and cultural observations purportedly discovered in the rooms of a missing lodger, included are essays on French vs. British pride, literary taste, theatre, political economy, sports, fame, travel, as well as a short story "The Wandering Jew" (pp 202 to end), narrated by the subject of the medieval legend.