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    James Wright, attrib. The Humours And Conversations Of The Town, Expos'd in Two Dialogues. The First, of the Men. The Second, of the Women. London: for R[ichard] Bentley and J[acob] Tonson, 1693. Krown & Spellman retail: $600. First Edition.
    12mo. A6, B-F8, G11. [Lacks G12, ad leaf]. [12], 139, [3 of 5 ads]p. Disbound, t.p. chipped at head (minor loss), darkened, final leaf (ads) worn at lower edge (minor loss), some marginal wear and lower corner edges bent towards end, browning. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.


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    Wright, James 1643-1713, antiquary and miscellaneous writer, "A versatile writer with a lucid style and a genuine touch of humour, especially as an essayist..." [DNB]. The attribution first appears, as far as we can tell, in Brice Harris's facsimile of this edition printed in 1961. The work itself is written as a dialogue between Jovial and Pensive who have visited London and wish to return to the country. Jovial's cousin, Sociable, enjoys the London social whirl. They argue about the various pleasures of the city versus the country. Dryden is discussed at one point: "the company of the author of Absalom and Achitophel is more valuable, tho' not so talkative, than that of the modern men of banter; for what he says, is like what he writes; much to the purpose, and full of mighty sense..." This is followed by another, shorter, dialogue between Madam Townlove and Madam Thinkwell. Wing H 3720. Macdonald 27. ESTC r31136. Brett-Smith 305.



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