Author: Benjamin Frranklin, George NicholsonPeter Jones
Literary Miscellanies 7 Volume’s in 1, 1797
By George Nicholson
Printed In Ludlow For George Nicholson
The Volumes are in Very Good Condition Bound in quarter calf over marbled board, with the spines divided into five compartments by four gilt bands, with red morocco letter-pieces in the second compartment from the top. Externally the volumes are lightly scuffed in general with the spines showing no splits or chipping, with some light wear at the hinges, and with the board corners bumped a bit. Internally the leaves are generally clean and well margined, with some mild toning or staining in the margins on occasion, and little else in the way of toning or tears.
The Volumes are Complete See below for pagination & dimensions.
Of Literary Miscellanies
George Nicholson was born at Bradford. He early set up a printing press and began the publication of his Literary Miscellany, “which is not, as the name might lead one to suppose, a magazine, but a series of choice anthologies, varied by some gems of English literature. The size is a small 18mo., scarcely too large for the waistcoat pocket. The printing was a beautiful specimen of the typographic art, and for the illustrations he sought the aid of the best artists. He was one of the patrons of Thomas Bewick, some of the whose choicest work is to be found in the pamphlets issued by Nicholson. he also issued 125 cards, on which were printed favourite pieces, afterwards included in the Literary Miscellany. This ‘assemblage of classical beauties for the parlour, the closet, the carriage, or the shade,’ became very popular, and extended to twenty volumes. The plan of issuing them in separate numbers enabled individuals to make their own selection, and they are found bound up in every possible variety. Complete sets are now rare, and highly prized by collectors.”
Of his many useful publications may be enumerated – Stenography : The Mental Friend and Rational Companion, consisting of Maxims and Reflections relating to the Conduct of Life. 12mo. The Advocate and Friend of Woman. 12mo. Directions for the Improvement of the Mind. 12mo. Juvenile Preceptor. Three vols., 12mo. The books which concern us now are – On the Conduct of Man to Inferior Animals. And his magnum opus, which appeared in the year 1801, under the title of The Primeval Diet of Man : Arguments in Favour of Vegetable Food; with Remarks on Man’s Conduct to Animals. The value of The Primeval Diet was enhanced by the addition, in a later issue, of a tract On Food, in which are given recipes for the preparation of “one hundred perfectly palatable and nutritious substances, which may easily be procured at an expense much below the price of the limbs of our fellow animals. . . . Some of the recipes, on account of their simple form, will not be adopted even by those in the middle rank of life. Yet they may be valuable to many of scanty incomes, who desire to avoid the evils of want, or to make a reserve for the purchasing of books and other mental pleasures.” He also published a tract On Clothing, which contains much sensible and practical advice on an important subject.
Pagination & Dimensions
The volumes are paginated as follows: Vol 1; , 26, -48, -134, . Vol 2; -40, -50, , [ii]-xxxi-[xxxii], 32, , v-[vi], 84, . The volumes collate as follows: Vol 1; A-C, B-E, A-L6, M2. Vol 2; [A]2, B-D6, a6, b8, c-d6, A6, B8, C-E6, Pl.1, a4, b-h6. Volume 1 measures about 13 cm. By 8.5 cm. By 2 cm. With each leaf measuring about 125 mm. By 80 mm. Volume 2 measures about 14 cm. By 9 cm. By 2 cm. With each leaf measuring about 135mm. By 80 mm.