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A Parallel.

SPENCE (Rev. Joseph).

SPENCE (Rev. Joseph).

A Parallel; In the manner of Plutarch: Between a most celebrated Man of Florence; And One, scarce ever heard of, in England.

Engraved title-page vignette.

First Edition. Small 8vo. [177 x 100 x 13 mm]. 104pp. Recently bound in claf, the covers with a blind double fillet border, the spine ruled and lettered in gilt, and tooled with a blind ornament, marbled endleaves, gilt edges.
Printed at Strawberry-Hill, by William Robinson; and sold by Messieurs Dodsley; for the Benefit of Mr. Hill, 1758.

Hazen B.6. Rothschild 1942.

A little light browning and minor staining to last 3pp, but a good copy. 700 copies were printed.

Joseph Spence (1699-1768) was a literary anecdotist and a friend of Pope. This work presents parallel lives of the Florentine goldsmith Antonio da Marco Magliabechi (1633-1714) and the English tailor and schoolmaster Robert Hill (1699-1777).

Spence compares the disparate fortunes of these two self-educated scholars and concludes: "Of the two Mr. Hill is the more sensible and better man; and Magliabechi, the more extraordinary, the more applauded, and the more fortunate".

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