The Speaker, together with Exercises in Elocution

$550.00

William Enfield.

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The Speaker . Warrington: Printed by W. Eyres, for J. Johnson, 1781. Octavo, 21 x 13cm, full calf with narrow gilt border on boards, spine divided into six panels with elaborate gilt tooled devices except for the second panel (title) and the third panel (volume no. I), marbled endpapers,  xxxiv, 405 + 1p Advertisement for Exercises in Elocution, one plate (frontis).

Very Good. Re-backed, corners a little bumped and rubbed, very occasional foxing and a little offsetting.

Exercises in Elocution. Warrington: Printed by W. Eyres, for J. Johnson, 1780. Octavo, 21 x 13cm, full calf with narrow gilt border on boards, spine divided into six panels with elaborate gilt tooled devices except for the second panel (title) and the third panel (volume no. II), marbled endpapers, viii, 424pp, 3 plates.

Very Good. Small hole in leather (5mm) on top board. Corners bumped and a little rubbed. Occasional foxing and offsetting throughout.

William Enfield was a Unitarian minister and teacher whose 1774 book on elocution, The Speaker, was immensely popular. Filled with literary extracts it was first developed for his students at Warrington. While he wrote extensively throughout his career, focussing primarily on ethics, it was The Speaker that enjoyed most popularity in his lifetime and continued in print until the middle of the nineteenth century. He published a sequel, Exercises in Elocution, in 1780.

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