Epea pteroenta or the Diversions of Purley. Tooke John Horne.
Epea pteroenta or the Diversions of Purley
Epea pteroenta or the Diversions of Purley

Epea pteroenta or the Diversions of Purley

London: For the Author, 1798.

Hardcover (Full Leather). Very Good. Item #037471
ISBN: NoISBN

10 1/2" x 8 3/4", wide margined copy. Wear at corners, all hinges cleanly split but attached by cords. Vol 1 is a second edition, Vol 2 is the first (1805), together the first preferred and complete edition. Frontis in vol 1. A few spots of light foxing, but generally clean and bright internally. Vol 2 lacks volume label on spine.

Of Tooke, William Hazlitt said: "his intellect was like a bow of polished steel, from which he shot sharp-pointed poisoned arrows at his friends in private, at his enemies in public."

and on The Diversions:

"The great thing which Mr. Horne Tooke has done, and which he has left behind him to posterity, is his work-on Grammar, oddly enough entitled The Diversions of Purley. Many people have taken it up as a description of a game, others supposing it to be a novel. It is, in truth, one of the few philosophical works on Grammar that were ever written." Size: Quarto (4to). 2-volume set (complete). Text is clean and unmarked. Heavy foxing front/rear pages, but body of book mostly clean and unfoxed. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Philosophy; Inventory No: 037471.

Price: $300.00

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